AB de Villiers is to replace Mark Boucher as South Africa's wicket-keeper during the Twenty20 matches on the Proteas' tour of the West Indies.
De Villiers, a capable gloveman, has stood in behind the stumps when Boucher has been unavailable, most recently during the in Kolkata in February, and the selection, revealed by captain Graeme Smith at a press conference ahead of the opening Twenty20 International in Antigua, is evidence of a new selection committee getting to work ahead of the 2011 World Cup.
“AB (de Villiers) will be starting with the gloves in the limited overs matches,” Smith said. "There is a new selection committee and a few new ideas. We only have something like 15 ODIs before we get to India for the World Cup, so we have to make every one of them count.
“When a guy (like Boucher) has played over 300 ODIs you are always going to miss that experience. He has been a talisman of the side for a long period of time now. He has been part of a core group of senior players who have performed regularly and the selectors have taken the decision now to look ahead at some new options and certainly having AB to keep allows you one or two extra options in the line-up.
“We will look at that. Andrew Hudson (the convener of selectors) has arrived here today and we will sit down together and select the team for the game.”
South Africa have 14 men to pick from ahead of the opening game in Antigua after Lonwabo Tsotsobe was delayed and late call-up David Miller's visa has yet to be processed.
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