South Africa drop Mark Boucher for Sri Lanka ODI series

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By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Dec 31 2011

Selectors dropped wicketkeeper Mark Boucher from the South African 14-squad for next month’s ODIs against Sri Lanka.

David Miller and leg-spinner Imran Tahir were the other two players who failed to find place in the ODI squad.

A left-handed batsman and part-time spinner, Dean Elgar, and all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt were called up for the first two games of the five-match series.

AB de Villiers will lead the Proteas for the first time since he was appointed as ODI captain.

“Elgar fully deserves his opportunity,” CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a statement.

“He was the leading run-scorer in the (domestic) one-day cup and also had the best average. In addition he gives us very useful bowling options as a left-arm spinner.

“Kleinveldt played an important role with the ball in helping the Cobras to win the one-day cup and he also has a lot of potential as a lower-order power hitter.”

The first game of the series takes place in Paarl on Jan. 11 with the final match scheduled for Jan. 22 in Johannesburg.

South Africa squad:

Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (c/wk), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.