• SA News Roundup (sun)

    Warriors captain Colin Ingram signs a Kolpak deal, while the Proteas slip in the ODI rankings.

    Ingram off to the UK

    Glamorgan County Cricket Club has signed Colin Ingram on a three year contract under the Kolpak ruling, subject to receiving clearance from Cricket South Africa, ECB registration regulations and visa clearance.

    The Warriors captain has played 31 One-Day Internationals for South Africa, with his last appearance just over a year ago in the ODI Series against Pakistan in Dubai. Despite scoring a century on his ODI debut and a vital 75 during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy quarter-final to help South Africa beat West Indies in Cardiff, he has fallen out of favour with the national selectors.

    Hugh Morris said: ‘Signing a player of Colin Ingram’s undoubted calibre and experience is a great boost as we continue our preparations ahead of the new season.

    ‘Our strategy is to develop a team with a strong Welsh identity, but we have always said that we need pillars of experienced players in key positions to supplement our home grown talent by recruiting from outside our borders.

    ‘Colin is an outstanding talent and aged 29 is in the prime of his career. Anyone in Cardiff, who saw his innings against the West Indies last year in the Champions Trophy couldn’t help be impressed. I look forward to welcoming Colin to Glamorgan.’

    Ingram is also excited about joining the club that fellow South African, Jacques Rudolph, represented with great success.

    ‘I’m delighted to be joining Glamorgan,’ said Ingram. ‘I had my first taste of playing county cricket with Somerset last July and I enjoyed it. I’ve spoken to Jacques Rudolph about the Club and I’m looking forward to the challenge and to playing with my new team mates.’

    Ingram will join up with his new team mates in March ahead of the new season. Fixtures for the 2015 campaign will be released on Thursday 27th November, 10.30am.

    ODI rankings

    South Africa’s 4-1 series loss to Australia has caused a shift at the top of the ICC world rankings.

    The Proteas and Australia went into the series at No 2 and No 3, respectively. India were on top of the tree, but the unexpectedly one-sided series down under has changed things. The Proteas have dropped from No 2 to No 3, while the hosts have jumped to the summit of the points table.

    South Africa will return home knowing that they need to work on a few things ahead of the World Cup in February. Australia, though, will be in confident mood as they will be hosting the global showpiece.

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