Dale Steyn has been rewarded for his outstanding bowling in the Test series with a place in the South African squad for the three-match ODI series and the one-off Twenty20 game. Steyn inclusion, in place of Justin Kemp, is the only change from the squad that won the ODI series in Pakistan earlier this year.
The selectors have also put Morne van Wyk, the right-hand batsman, on standby for Herschelle Gibbs for the one-day series. Gibbs hurt his knee during the second Test in Ceturion, which South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs to wrap up the series 2-0.
Explaining the decision to replace Kemp, a batting allrounder, with a fast bowler, selection convener Joubert Strydom said: “With the number of allrounders in our squad we are happy with the depth we have to our batting. Dale gives us an exciting extra option as a wicket-taking bowler.” New Zealand were clueless against Steyn’s pace and swing in the Test series - in two matches he took 20 wickets at a remarkable average of 9.20, with a wicket every 16.8 deliveries.
The Twenty20 match will be played at the Wanderers on Friday, while the ODI series starts in Durban on Sunday.
Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Albie Morkel, Vernon Philander, Johan Botha, Andre Nel, Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn. On standby: Morne van Wyk.
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:Dale Steyn, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Morne van Wyk, New Zealand in South Africa 2007, South Africa
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