AB only back-up wicky for Proteas

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South Africa will launch their assault on test cricket’s No1 spot in England over the next two months with only one specialist wicketkeeper.

Cricket South Africa named a squad of 15 players on Wednesday who will play three tests against England at The Oval, Headingley and Lord’s.

The selectors have kept faith with the squad that swept to a convincing 1-0 series victory in New Zealand.

The only real surprise is the decision not to include a wicketkeeper back-up to Mark Boucher.

AB de Villiers will assume the role if Boucher is injured. But with the ball swinging as much as it does in England glovework can be tricky and the job is normally left to specialists.

De Villiers is also reluctant to perform the role in test cricket.

Source: Sowetan – June 15, 2012 / ALVIN REEVES

de Villiers targets ODI success in England

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AB de Villiers, South Africa’s ODI captain, is targeting an ODI series win in England this summer to atone for the visitors’ 4-0 whitewash the last time they toured the country in 2008. South Africa were successful in winning the Test series 2-1 four years ago – their first in England since 1965 – but were subsequently drubbed 4-0 in the ODIs and de Villiers was determined to avoid a repeat.

England will host South Africa for a full tour in July-August and while plenty of focus has centered around the battle for the No. 1 Test team tag – England are currently holders but South Africa can usurp them with a series victory – de Villiers felt the ODI leg of that tour should not be underestimated. Continue reading below

“The last time we lost 4-0 which left a bad taste in my mouth, so we have a lot to prove. That was the big negative from that tour, that we relaxed after the test series win. But I won’t allow the boys to relax,” he told SuperSport. “There’s a new feeling in the team, a lot of young guys are coming through. There’s a lot of hunger and pride around and we want to start well and play consistently throughout the tour.”

The 28-year-old captained South Africa to a series win in New Zealand before the IPL – an achievement that made him “massively proud” – and was confident in his role as 50-over leader. “I was feeling quite comfortable with it in New Zealand and I got a good feel for the job. I wasn’t perfect but I learnt a lot and there’s still a bit to learn. Mostly about man-management and handling the various personalities,” he said.

“It’s a lot easier on tour because things are more settled and structured. You have more control of the guys and the mood because everyone’s on the same bus and nobody’s staying at home. It’s all about keeping the guys in a hungry state, just a couple of words at the right time can switch them on again, and leading by example as well of course.”

Source: CricketNext – June 8, 2012

AB up for three gongs at CSA Awards

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The 2012 South African Cricket Awards categories feature an exciting batch of nominees, with the winners to be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 6 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The SA Cricketer of the Year is the most prestigious award of the evening and in contention are AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla.

Jacques Kallis was the winner of this award in 2011, with past winners including Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini.

The Proteas’ T20 and ODI captain AB de Villiers earned nominations in three categories, including the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and for the SA Cricketer of the Year which he has never won.

De Villiers currently averages close to 50 in both ODI’s and Test’s and was the leading run-scorer for the Proteas with a highest score of 160 against Sri Lanka this season.

Morne Morkel was the Proteas’ leading wicket-taker in T20 and ODI cricket, and has earned recognition by being nominated for the T20 Cricketer of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year and for the SA Cricketer of the Year.

His ODI career-best of 5/38 against New Zealand in Napier capped off a superb season for him.

Faf du Plessis of the Nashua Titans has been rewarded for his all-round performances on the domestic scene this season, receiving nominations for the One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year, T20 Cricketer of the Year and the Supersport Series Cricketer of the Year.

The young Highveld Lions’ batsman, Temba Bavuma, had an excellent first-class campaign, and has been nominated for the SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year alongside Lions’ teammate Alviro Petersen and Du Plessis.

The Proteas’ explosive debutant, Richard Levi has been nominated for the International T20 Cricketer of Year as well as the KFC “So Good” Award for his record -breaking 117 against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Shandre Fritz leads the nominations for the CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for her stellar performances for both the national team and her provincial side of Western Province.

This is her second consecutive nomination for the award and she goes up against Western Province teammate Shabnim Ismail, who was a star with the ball in the 2011/2012 season.

The third nominee is Trisha Chetty, who won the award in 2009. Chetty has produced exceptional performances both with bat and gloves for her province, KwaZulu-Natal, and for the National team.

Source: Independent Online – May 24, 2012