Vernon in, no place for Kallis, in World T20 squad
SOUTH AFRICA have included the world’s number one Test bowler Vernon Philander in their preliminary 30- man squad for the World Twenty20 tournament to be played in Bangladesh in March and April next year.
Philander played the last of his seven Twenty20 international matches in 2007, but his recent recall to the one-day international set-up suggested the Proteas were ready to use him in the shortest format of the game as well.
The squad, to be captained by Faf du Plessis, has been submitted well before the January 6 deadline and will later be pruned to a final listing of 15 players.
Retiring Test all- rounder Jacques Kallis was not included in the squad.
Kallis announced on Wednesday that he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the current Test against India but said he was available to play for South Africa in limited overs cricket.
In particular he stated his ambition to be part of his country’s 50-overs World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
Andrew Hudson, the convener of selectors, was not immediately available for comment but a Cricket South Africa spokesman said there was nothing to be read into Kallis’s non-selection.
“Jacques has not been part of the Twenty20 squad for some time and he has made it clear he wants to earn selection for the 50-overs World Cup.”
Kallis, 38, has not played for South Africa in a T20 international since the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka, where he scored only 24 runs in three innings, although he took seven wickets in five matches, including four for 15 against Zimbabwe.
He has been a leading player in the Indian Premier League and in the statement announcing his retirement, he said winning the IPL title with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 was “a special occasion”.
Kallis has been an infrequent participant in domestic cricket in recent years but it is expected that most of the national players will play in the domestic Twenty20 competition which starts on January 5.
The preliminary squad is for administrative purposes and there is nothing to prevent the selectors from picking others for the final squad.
Test captain Graeme Smith, who has not played in a T20 international since 2011, and Alviro Petersen were other members of the Test squad not included.