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South Africa name unchanged squad for England tour

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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 17:02 [IST]
 
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South Africa announce squad for Eng tour

Johannesburg, Jun 13: South Africa has named an unchanged squad for the three Test series against England starting in July, that beat New Zealand 1-0 in March this year.

The South African squad is identical to the 15 member squad that beat New Zealand 1-0 in the three-Test series as the selectors have kept faith in the winning formula.

Placed second in the ICC Test rankings table, South Africa are behind England by just a point as they bank on consistency and depth of the squad to perform at their best level to snatch the number one position from England.

"The players fully deserve a vote of confidence after the outstanding manner in which they outplayed New Zealand away from home," the convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson, said in a statement.

"Consistency has also been one of the key pillars of our selection policy and this is also contributing to our success on the field. We are now building up excellent depth in both the batting and bowling departments."

After recovering from an ankle injury, skipper Graeme Smith will be seen leading the side against England.

"Graeme has been outstanding both as our leading run scorer and as captain during our last two Test tours of England and I have every confidence he will continue that form," Hudson added.

Boasting of one of the best attacks in the world, South Africa's pace attack is spearheaded by world's top ranked Dale Steyn, Philander, who has taken 51 wickets off seven Test matches, and Morne Morkel.

With world's best pace attack and Graeme Smith's return, South Africa look dangerous and can fancy their chances to claim the number one spot from England.

The three-Test series is scheduled to begin on July 19 at Oval and will get over on August 20, 2012. After the completion of the Test series, South Africa is scheduled to play five match ODI series followed by three T20 internationals against England.

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