South Africa may have sealed the series, but they are determined not to let any complacency creep in ahead of the fifth and final One Day International against Australia in Perth tomorrow (January 30th).
“Every time we go on to the field for South Africa it is an important game that needs to be won," Mickey Arthur said. "In addition I can't wait to see how our new caps, Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, go. The same applies to Vaughn van Jaarsveld who has only had one game in this series so far.
“Lonwabo will share the new ball with Morne Morkel who will lead an inexperienced attack at the age of 24.
“The three young players are all very much part of our pool of players going forward. Having two left-handers in the squad adds variety to the attack and we have seen from the effectiveness of Nathan Bracken here and of Zaheer Khan on the sub-continent how effective this type of bowling can be.
“The next World Cup is on the sub-continent which adds greatly to the relevance of how our left-handers perform.”
South Africa have named their youngest ever starting eleven after van Jaarsveld was passed fit with only two players, Herschelle Gibbs and Neil McKenzie, what you could call very experienced at international level.
South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Neil McKenzie, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha (captain), Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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