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Proteas prepare for life without Kallis 102 views 0 Comments 0 Images
30 January 2014 by Englandfan See all
 
South Africa have named all-rounders, Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell, in their 15-man squad for next month’s three Tests against an Australia side that is still basking in their 5-0 series whitewash over England.

The Proteas will decide whether to use McLaren or Parnell as a replacement for Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, who retired from Test and first-class cricket in December 2013.

Both McLaren and Parnell made their Test debuts in an innings victory against England in Johannesburg in 2009-10 before slipping into the international wilderness.

The 30-year-old McLaren has not played in another Test although he has become a regular member of South Africa’s one-day team.

Parnell played two Tests on a tour of India later in the 2009-10 season only to then fall out of favour when he struggled with form and injuries.

However, he has returned to form recently and has more pace than McLaren, who is regarded as the better batsman.

Selection convener Andrew Hudson said he believed the squad “covers all possible options.”

Meanwhile, the bet365 rugby betting site claims that leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, has been dropped, so left-armer Robin Peterson is now the only specialist spin bowler in the South Africa squad.

Batsman Dean Elgar, fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt and wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile are likely once again to have back-up roles.

AB de Villiers is expected to have recovered from hand surgery in time to feature against the Baggy Greens while captain Graeme Smith and fast bowler Morne Morkel have recovered from ankle injuries.

Fans who bet on rugby know that if de Villiers suffers a setback in his recovery, Tsolekile would have to take the wicketkeeping role.

Coach, Russell Domingo, has hinted that Faf du Plessis will move up the batting order from seven to four, the spot that Kallis made his own.

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