South Africa’s 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom have been named, with up to 10 notable omissions.
In arguably the roughest decision across the squad, Hendricks was overlooked and Hashim Amla included. Reputation over form it is, then.
The tall seamer is impressing in the ongoing Indian Premier League alongside Kagiso Rabada, but is too inconsistent in the intermediate format of the international game.
Mulder, like Morris, was always going to struggle to justify an all-rounder berth ahead of Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo.
The decision to forsake a second specialist wicketkeeper – and instead groom David Miller as Quinton de Kock’s understudy – has cost Klaasen.
The squad is lined with right-arm seamers, but Hendricks’ southpaw option wasn’t strong enough to genuinely challenge selection.
Previously earmarked as a solid choice at the ‘death’ of the innings, Paterson didn’t do quite enough in the opening and middle overs to be selected.
March 2017’s ODI debut suggested Maharaj was going to be factored into World Cup contention, but the Test specialist was ultimately overlooked.
Dala’s superb One-Day Cup form could have translated into ODI honours, especially amid injury concerns about Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi.
A back-up opener for De Kock, Amla or Aiden Markram could have been a handy luxury in the UK. Malan’s time will probably come, but not yet.
The Warriors wicketkeeper-batsman has evidently pushed ahead of Cape Cobras counterpart Kyle Verreynne in the pecking order, but not enough for World Cup contention.
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