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Tsotsobe included in South African squad

Tsotsobe returns to South Africa squad and replaces the injured Charl Langeveldt

Tsotsobe included in South African squad - Cricket News
Tsotsobe included in South African squad.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who made a stunning ODI debut in Australia but has since been sidelined by a long-term injury, returns to the Proteas' Standard Bank squad for next month's ICC Champions' Trophy tournament.

The tournament, restricted to the top eight ODI sides in the world, takes place in South Africa from September 22 to October 5 with the Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium and SuperSport Park being the two tournament venues.

Apart from the return of Tsotsobe, the 15-player squad contains only one change from that which completed the home MTN ODI series against Australia with Robin Peterson being preferred to Morne Morkel.

"There were some difficult choices to make," commented selection convener Mike Procter. "At the moment South African cricket is blessed with an abundance of fast bowling talent with the emergence of Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell as outstanding new prospects and Charl Langeveldt becoming available again.

"Langeveldt is not fit enough yet to be considered after his shoulder surgery and Morne Morkel is the unlucky one to miss out," Procter added. "He is very much part of our long-term planning and has a major role to play but we would like to see more consistency from him at this stage," Procter added.

"Planning for the 2011 World Cup is very much part of our thinking but there is a lot of cricket to be played before then. We must take our selections series by series and not get ahead of ourselves.

"The selection panel attaches great value to experience which is well illustrated by the mentoring role Makhaya Ntini has fulfilled with Tsotsobe. Bringing players like Tsotsobe, Parnell and Roelof van der Merwe into a winning culture has also enabled them to mature as international cricketers quickly.

Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher are two whose limited overs cricket skills have been questioned in the past but they have more than answered this criticism and the experience they will take forward to the World Cup is invaluable."

Procter said one of the strengths of the team was the options it offered to the coach and captain. "We have four quality spin bowlers and two all-rounders in Kallis and Albie Morkel to back up the seam attack. There is also batting potential most of the way down the order."

The squad will assemble in Potchefstroom at the end of the month for a six-day camp that will include two practice matches against the bizhub Highveld Lions.

Proteas' Standard Bank ODI squad: Graeme Smith (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors, vice-capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Mark Boucher (Chevrolet Warriors), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Herschelle Gibbs (Nashua Cape Cobras), Jacques Kallis (Chevrolet Warriors), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Makhaya Ntini (Chevrolet Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Robin Peterson (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans).

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