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This would be a team that could play a bit I reckon:
If you're counting Tahir as 'white' though, the team's only got two non-whites in it, which could be a problem.
If ABdeV is going to bat down the order you might as well give him the gloves, drop Boucher and play another Cape Coloured batsman. Can't think of anyone right now mind.
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Alviro Petersen is also in good form so far this season, he just made a hundred in each innings for the Lions against the Warriors, and had a good A series against Sri Lanka A.
That's not a bad suggestion, but dropping Bouch would be a hard thing to do, he hasn't done much wrong since he was recalled in 2005.
Haha, good grief, how on Earth did I forget Duminy is a Cape Coloured? Been a fan of his for years.
I like Bouch, really do and I doubt any other South African would have supported captain Smith like he did at Birmingham but I definitely think in regard to the one day team he should be given the axe. He worked when South Africa had the likes of Kempie, Hall and Polly in the ODI set-up for the team batted extremely low but given that South Africa don’t have such depth anymore, the more recognised and proficient batsman in the top order the better.
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Do you think AB could be a Gilchristesque keeper, coming in at 7, but being good enough to bat anywhere in the Top 6, or will keeping full-time affect his batting?
That could be a power team, having Duminy or Petersen at 6, with AB coming in at 7.
The days of SA playing 2 keepers in the XI must be drawing to the close.
People are right here, with quotas, the obvious choice is to get rid of Boucher.
If that doesnt happen then 1 of the seamers or McKenzie would be the most likely to make way.
Though, despite having 3 during the England tour, the target is 4 quota players, so with Tahir as white, that would start making things interesting.
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It's more to do with how many are in the squad, 7 out of 15 i think is the target, maybe 8. Something like that.
According to Shaun Pollock, the plan is that Kallis and Boucher will leave the team together, with AB taking up the gloves (without changing his batting position, i presume) so SA can retain a 5-man attack. The team would then become something like:
(Kallis's replacement, probably Duminy)
(Any bits-and-pieces all-rounder, i presume)
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