When South Africa named their squad for the ICC World T20 in India, there were a couple of major surprises. The biggest surprise, though, was that the Morkel brothers were excluded and not named in the squad for the mega event. This will be South Africa’s first ever T20 World Cup campaign without either of the brothers.
Skipper Faf Du Plessis justified the exclusion of the duo by stating that South Africa already had a settled unit and they didn’t fit in the best squad despite doing well in recent times. “If you look at it, Albie has done really well but David Wiese has played 90% of the games for us and Albie only played that one game. David has been bowling exceptionally well, he bowls a lot more than he bats and he is a lot more versatile as a bowler. He can bowl at the death, he can bowl in the middle, he has done really well for his IPL team and he hits the ball just as far but Albie can count himself very unlucky,” du Plessis said. “The No.7 role is more a bowling allrounder’s role,” he said.
Du Plessis sounded satisfied with the bowling options in his squad and said, “For the first time, we’ve got a lot of death options which is something we didn’t have in the past.” “If you’ve got Abbot, K. Rabada, Wiese, Chris Morris, it gives you so many options. I think that’s why we are such a strong bowling unit.”
Speaking of South Africa’s likely opening combination for the T20 World Cup, Du Plessis said, “We know we have two great openers in Hashim and Quinny but also, it’s really important to try and give AB a go at the top. He is one of those players that can on the day score a hundred and really take the game away from the opposition,” du Plessis said. “My personal thinking is to let AB do that. He is one of the few players in the world that can do it. “For me its really important that those first six overs in India to try and be as positive as possible. The decision becomes who is going to open with AB between Quinny and Hashim.”