Since eight players in the Proteas squad were never announced on Thursday in the World Cricket Cup, it is likely that the selection chair Linda Zondi and her panel considered the significant experience and pedigree available to them in the form of Wasting Hashim Amla.
The bats are 36 years old, one of the most promising scorers of ODI cricket he has ever seen, the best summer with a finger injury and then his father fell seriously ill interrupting his time out in the middle and playing the major role of Amla without reaching the huge amounts of bikes he and the South African community are accustomed to.
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But Zondi said on Thursday when a 15-World Cup squad announced it was not difficult to pick Amla, especially with two other bats men in the squad in the form of Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram.
“We felt that, in order to implement Ottis Gibson's type of game-plan trying to put in place, playing a very confident cricket and allowing the room and bat license to express themselves, we need to have experience like you don't have to be 70 years of age. We need someone who can consolidate and Hashim has done so for years. He is not a bad player suddenly because he is going through a bad patch at the moment.
“Hashim is currently 53 average for ODI this year with a strike rate of 87, and Reeza Hendricks is 26 on average at a strike rate of 75 and Aiden Markram was only twice against Sri Lanka, but average of 96 at a strike rate of 90. So we looked at the statistics and the overall profession and someone who replaced Hashim they had to do it better than it was. So, it would not be better to choose a young and widespread bat family but to do Hashim to do what he has done for us for years, ”said Zondi.
In addition, the World Cup's Rectors with Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi are entering a competition the first time.
The Gibson Coach and the selectors decided not to Chris Morris to work sharply or add some variation to the attack in the form of a left hander like Beuran Hendricks.
“I think all the roles are covered for whatever conditions. We have guys who can bowl 140+, which is very important, and a few hand spinners. Dwaine is an opponent, as Andile in his own right, although he must raise his game with the bat. But he has a skill with the ball.
“Chris does not fit this role as an overarching swap, so in terms of side and role balance, he has to mitigate 10 of us. I understand that he has an x-factor, but we know that Anrich Nortje, who we have followed for a long time and did well in the MSL, can make 10 too many rounds and we have to be very confident in that in terms of selection otherwise it puts all the other bowls under pressure, ”Zondi said.
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