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Effect of Brexit on Cricket: South Africa's possible XIs including Kolpak returns

  • A look at how South Africa's playing XIs in the three formats would shape up if Kolpak players are to make a return.
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Modified 08 Feb 2020, 12:08 IST

ODI XI: Rilee Rossouw could solve the middle order issues

Is it too late for David Wiese to make an ODI comeback?
Is it too late for David Wiese to make an ODI comeback?

On the flipside to Test cricket, the ODI format stands to gain the least in terms of returning players, but one can still analyse the potential South Africa side come early next year, assuming no retirements spoil the combination.

Out of the contenders, only two potential ODI players for the future are considered. Rilee Rossouw is a classy stroke maker and extremely consistent, having made runs wherever he has journeyed to. Most recently, he was in full flow in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he topped the run-scoring charts for a second successive year, ahead of the likes of regular internationals Mushfiqur Rahim, Shoaib Malik and Tamim Iqbal to name a few.

Cameron Delport, who has never played international cricket, is potentially a problem solver at the top of the order in the limited over formats, after Reeza Hendricks and Janneman Malan haven't really sealed their places. The swashbuckling opener has made quite an impact whenever given an opportunity, despite slight inconsistencies.

This would make him similar to South African internationals like David Miller, who can fire to secure a win but are given time when they are out of form, although a good comparison to an international opener would be the spectacular but inconsistent Chris Gayle.

Older players like Colin Ingram, who have clear quality, would likely only be trialed in the shortest format as South Africa look to build towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup, whereas in the T20 format, two World Cups in 2020 and 2021 are both realistic to make for any age player, even AB de Villiers.

All-rounders Wayne Parnell, Hardus Viljoen and David Wiese could all technically make ODI appearances in future, but the one clear area of strength for South Africa in ODI cricket at the moment is pace bowling.

With players as good as Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje on the fringes at the moment, it seems extremely unlikely that the selectors would want the Kolpak returns back in the 50-over format.

ODI XI after returns

Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rilee Rossouw, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Bench Players: Cameron Delport, Jon-Jon Smuts, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje.

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Published 08 Feb 2020, 12:08 IST
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