South Africa Call Up Hendricks, Morkel For WT20

Albie Morkel
Albie Morkel has been recalled after an absence of almost 18 months
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South Africa have selected highly-rated uncapped fast bowler Beuran Hendricks and recalled Albie Morkel in their ICC World Twenty20 squad.

Cape Cobras left-armer Hendricks was recently purchased by the Mumbai Indians and joins up with the 15-man squad that will also play Australia in three Twenty20 Internationals later this month.

Hard-hitting batsman and medium-pace bowler Morkel last played for South Africa during the last ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Hendricks has taken 47 wickets in 29 Twenty20 matches with a strike-rate of 12.93 and an economy rate of 7.58.

"Both Beuran and Albie fully deserve their selection following outstanding campaigns in the RAM SLAM T20," Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson said.

"As always, there are unlucky players but we feel we have chosen the right combination for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent.

"Beuran’s claims could not be ignored and the experience that Albie will bring on board is important for a high profile tournament of this nature. The bulk of these players (11 out of 15) were part of our squad that won their T20 series in Sri Lanka last year under similar conditions.

"The Australian series will provide extremely competitive international cricket and will give our squad just the preparation they need for what we hope will be a successful campaign," he added.

Their most recent series was against Pakistan at home and missing out from the squad named for those two matches are Henry Davids, Ryan McLaren and David Wiese, who covered for an unwell Tsotsobe.

South Africa, who have never progressed further than the semi-finals of the competition, begin their ICC World Twenty20 campaign on the 22nd March when they play Sri Lanka.

They play New Zealand on 24th March, a qualifier on 27th March before taking on England (29th March).

The three matches against Australia are on 9th, 12th and 14th March.

South Africa T20 International squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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