South African 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Squad Announced

South Africa will be participating in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. The tournament is jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will use cricket’s One Day International format. 14 national cricket teams will compete in the tournament. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Cup starts on the 19th of February 2011 and ends on the 2nd of April. There will be a total of 49 match played.

The South African squad was announced last night after the Proteas lost their 2nd ODI in a row against India at Newlands in Cape Town.

Here are the 15 players that will represent South Africa in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup:

  • Graeme Smith (Captain)
  • Hashim Amla
  • Johan Botha
  • AB de Villiers
  • JP Duminy
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Colin Ingram
  • Jacques Kallis
  • Morne Morkel
  • Wayne Parnell
  • Robbin Peterson
  • Dale Steyn
  • Imran Tahir
  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe
  • Morne van Wyk (wicket keeper).

I’m fairly impressed with the selection. I just don’t understand why the selector left out veteran wicket keeper Mark Boucher and bowler Albie Morkel. I think that Cricket South Africa should give the South African public a reason for this. Let’s hope the Proteas don’t suffer from “Choking Syndrome” in the upcoming tournament. Running Wolf’s Rant would like to take this opportunity to wish the Proteas the best of luck in the tournament. Make SA Proud Boys!

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  • Proteas Will Win

    Should have picked Albie Morkel instead of du Plessis and Mark Boucher instead of van Wyk… Where is Charl Langeveldt??

    • Proteas: I agree with you, fully. Good question, where is Langeveldt?

    • John

      Yes wtf…how can they drop Albie Morkel and Mark Boucher???

  • ehsan

    South Africa will suffer tremendously in the subcontinent pitches because of their ultra short batting line up and claw less spin attack. Being a die hard South African fan it is very frustrating to realize that my favorite team is lacking in all the fire power that is needed to do well in the slow and low pitches of subcontinent. South Africa has only 5 batsmen in the 15 member team who have an ODI 100 under their belt. At no 6 and no 7 they have no big hitter or a finisher which is a must to do well in the long tournament. You can not ask your top 4 to complete the job for you all the time. can you remember when was the last time SA won after their top 4 failed. I can’t remember a single instant. The tail of this team starts from no 7. So with 5 genuine tail enders with minimum ability to score even a quick 20 or 30, you have to suffer if you plan A does not work. Thats a shame. Johan Botha is not fit for batting at no 7 as he could not even score a half century in the 64 ODIs that he has played. He is may be fot for no 10 or at best no 9. On the other hand India has Yousuf, New Zealand has Vettory at no 7. The rest of the test nations have match winning batters at that place too. Did the selectors think about this while picking the final 15? Or SA is really starving for quality players in the domestic arena?

    • Ehsan: You make some valid points. Dunno if we’ll be able to pull this one off 😛

  • Sydney Chauke

    There are politics in the South African Cricket and we are all aware. The selectors are not learning from the current performance of the Proteas agains India and the same performance will be experienced during the world cup. Ingram does not worth to be in the squad, Albie Morkel is needed to accelerate the score in the middle order. look at the previous game where we failed to make even a single six and Pathan changed the game in one over, if we had Albie Morkel and Justin Camp it was going to be different because you can expect the sixes from the two. Mark Boucher is still the best in wecket keeping and have the best record in the world cricket history and can also bat adding the runs, the reason he is left behind is suspicious. The selectors must have the selection system when they replace the old players looking at the players mentally and physically. We need players who can calculate the game like Jonty Rodes used to do when he enters the field. You cant for example replace Gibbs with Harshim Amla, they are totally different but Amla can still fit some where not as the opener who can set a good target with the fours and sixes. The current team can rotate the strike with the singles and two`s which at the end makes the run rate far compared to the opponent. Most of them are not physically fit to be in the A team and believe me, we cannot have the high target when batting first with the current squand and we can also not chase the hight target, meaning we can depend on lucky games which are not competitive. Lets hope we dont play Australia, England and India because they will embarass us. We will still support the Proteas during the cup although not confident with our sguad. Good Luck Anyway!

    • Sydney: Thank you for the comment 🙂 You make some valid points 😛

  • JP

    I know a lot of people would disagree with me but I would have played Gibbs (not sure if his ban includes a World Cup) as this would prob be the last time he could play, let’s face it the man has issues but he can bat.

    Yes, fact that Albie and Boucher are left out is beyond me.

    Also how about Prince?

    • JP: Good question. I think we don’t have enough batters, its actually frightening…

  • Coen Marneweck

    It should be the sole responsibility of Graeme Smith to captain his team and he shouldn’t need running advice from his wicketkeeper how to marshal his team or how to improve his field placings. At the moment Morné van Wyk is a better wicketkeeper-batsman than Marc Boucher and he deserves his place.
    I believe Andrew Hudson and the other selectors did a marvellous job. Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram did not do much to impress during the last few matches but we all know their potential and they are excellent investments for the future. We need Ingram in the game if one on the other main batsmen is injured and Parnell as standby should one of our frontline fast bowlers (Morné Morkel, Dale Steyn or Lonwabo Tsotsobe) be injured. With the team as it is Botha will never have to bat at no 7. We will always have 8 excellent or very capable batsmen and 7 bowlers in the team. My team will contain three specialist batsmen, three specialist bowlers and five all-rounders. This is after all a team for the 50 over game. My team(s) will look as follows:
    1 Graeme Smith (Captain) batsman
    2 Morné van Wyk batsman / wicket keeper
    3 Hashim Amla batsman
    4 Jacques Kallis batsman / bowler
    5 AB de Villiers batsman
    6 JP Duminy batsman / bowler
    7 Faf du Plessis OR Robbin Peterson batsman / bowler
    8 Johan Botha batsman / bowler
    9 Morné Morkel bowler
    10 Dale Steyn bowler
    11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe OR Imran Tahir bowler
    Colin Ingram standby batsman
    Wayne Parnell standby bowler

  • Coen Marneweck

    Just one further comment – the batting depth and bowling versatility or depth should not be of any concern with this team but “catches win matches” and the team should seriously look at their commitment towards fielding. Maybe Jonty should be called in to assist in getting our fielding to be top notch again – as it used to be.
    We had very high expectations of previous teams and they let us down. We do not expect so much of this team but I predict that they will surprise us all. This team can (and will) win at “World Cup 2011” – if not the ultimate prize they will win the hearts of every cricket lover with the example they set and commitment they will display on and off the field.

  • nthabi

    I’m so disappointed at the selectors. I’m not feeling this World Cup anymore. I think we need to know the reason for not having Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel, something is not right here!!!!

  • nishan

    I am a die hard fan of South Africa and of Jacques Kallis. He is the only one batsman who can take South Africa to the target. Others are agressive more than defensive. Kallis is the one who can play with the circumstances. I feel Albie Morkel would be a big miss as he is a finisher and I cannot see any finisher in South African line up……………I hope they win………….
    SOUTH AFRICA ALLO THE WAY!!!!

  • Heinrich dick

    well i think that they made a misstake by leaveing out mark and albie….
    dont get me wrong our team is probs the best team at the moment and i do beleave that we still can bring the world cub back home .
    i also do beleave that we gona miss that to guys during theworld cub!!!

    jst wana wish the guys all the best during the orld cub!!!

    may the protea glow ass our boys will grow grow grow and bole the ausis out of the finalle zone!!!

    BEST OF LUCK PROTEAS!!!!!!!
    MAKE SOUTH AFRICA PROUD!!

    TRUE FAN!!!!
    Heinrich Dick.