Kallis And Boucher Miss Out On Zimbabwe Tour
Former vice-captain Jacques Kallis and premier wicket-keeper Mark Boucher were left out of South Africa's squad to tour Zimbabwe for three one-day internationals starting on August 22nd.
The squad shows only the two changes from the Twenty20 World Cup side, with Dale Steyn replacing Justin Kemp and the omission of Boucher, meaning AB De Villiers will take over behind the stumps.
Coach Mickey Arthur was quick to deny that Boucher had been dropped in the light of comments he had made supporting his friend and colleague Kallis:
"Mark and I had a long discussion about a month ago and we both agreed that with the strenuous season ahead we need to ease his workload on the one hand and on the other hand to give AB more game time with the gloves," Arthur was quoted as saying.
Kallis, who was left out of South Africa's Twenty20 World Cup squad, responded to his omission by resigning as vice-captain and intimating that he may consider retiring from the game. Boucher's comments earnt him a disciplinary meeting which will take place tomorrow.
South Africa plan to use the three games against Zimbabwe as preparation for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup which they host from September 11th to September 24th.
Zimbabwe v South Africa
August 22nd: Bulawayo
August 25th: Harare
August 26th: Harare
South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (c), Loots Bosman, Gulam Bodi, AB De Villiers (wk), Herschelle Gibbs, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Vernon Philander, Johannes Van Der Wath, Shaun Pollock, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, Thandi Tshabalala
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