Tahir in, Boucher out of SA WC squad

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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 10:38 [IST]
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Tahir in, Boucher out of SA WC squad

Just as he himself had earlier feared, it might be the end of the road for South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. Boucher was not picked in South Africa's 15-member squad for the World Cup and according to experts his omission was no surprise.

However, there was place for the Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the final 15, even though he hasn't made his ODI debut so far. His brand of spin will of course, be ideally suited to conditions in the Indian subcontinent where the mega-tournament will be held.

Meanwhile, Jacques Kallis, who is recovering from injury after the Test against India, has also been included in the squad. 2011 will be Kallis' fourth World Cup and he is one of the oldest veterans still in the one-day game.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Tuesday he is confident Kallis will recover from his side strain in time for the tournament, which begins on Feb. 19. Kallis was ruled out of the ongoing one-day series with India to undergo rehabilitation.

Batsman Faf du Plessis, who played his first international game on Tuesday and impressed with 60 on debut, also finds himself drafted into the squad.

Robin Peterson earns a place as a third spinner alongside Tahir and Johan Botha while Morne van Wyk is backup wicketkeeper to AB de Villiers.

Graeme Smith will captain South Africa for the final tournament, having said he will step down as one-day skipper after the World Cup.

Squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk.


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