The Proteas World Cup squad was announced last week after South Africa lost to India in the third one-day international; but the losing is besides the point as we still won the series. The side is as follows:
Graeme Smith (Captain)
AB de Villiers
Faf du Plessis
Morne van Wyk
In Cricket World Cup terms this side is very young with only Smith, de Villiers, Peterson and Kallis having played in a World Cup before. Although, those four alone bring enough experience to make the youngest side look like a well-established World Cup winning team.
South Africa has gone for the batting-keeper option with de Villiers and van Wyk, which meant that Mark Boucher has most likely seen his last days behind the stump at one-day international games.
Our main interest is Imran Tahir – he is just interesting full stop. This 32-year old has played for Pakistan A and Pakistan u19 with a fair amount of success but his local first-class record tells a better story. In the MTN40 he achieved the fourth highest amount of wickets with his overall average being better than the top three; very promising and exciting. However, we saved the best for last; Tahir is a spin bowler and a great one at that. It is something we have been missing for years and someone with Tahir’s talent will go down exceptionally well in the sub-continent. Let’s hope he actually gets a game at some point.