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South Africa have announced their squad for the Test series in England, which starts in July.

There are no real surprises but Andre Nel has been recalled after missing out on the trip to India earlier this year.

The Proteas pace attack is, on paper, a formidable one, but there are doubts about the quality of their two spinners, Paul Harris and Robin Peterson.

What do you make of the squad? How big an impact do you think Dale Steyn will have on the series? Have South Africa erred by leaving out Herschelle Gibbs?

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comment by Silk (U1717598)

posted May 23, 2008

Paul Harris has 38 wickets at less than 31 in only 13 Tests. No minnows in there, either. Pakistan, India, Windies and NZ.

That's better than Monty.

So, on paper, there is no problem there. And Kallis is an annoying git. He'll take wickets, I fear.

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posted May 23, 2008

The pace attack is fine but don't write off Paul Harris. I've never rated Peterson and I find it strange that Peterson is coming to England ahead of Botha, given that Botha was awarded a central contract and Peterson wasn't. Harris has bowled well in his internaitonal career and I was impressed with him against India. They look a more rounded side with him in there to me. He's not in Vettori's class but he will do a job out here and he could surprise England.

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posted May 23, 2008

Harris will trouble Eng. He might not spin the bowl as much as Monty but he is very accurate and gets good bounce.

Gibbs has been rightly dropped, he has been in no form whatsoever.

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posted May 23, 2008

I agree that Kallis will take wickets, but I have heard that if he can get away with not bowling he will, he see's himself as a batsman who bowls a bit, i disagree with that, he is a world class all rounder in the true sense of the phrase.
I hope for England's sake he chooses to be just a batsman!! he'll do damage either way.

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posted May 23, 2008

Silk

Harris's figures are pretty impressive aren't they? And there I was wondering if they would go through the series without playing a spinner. Well if he's doing that well he must play throughout, which leaves three specialist pacers to pick - and what a choice! I think they must be Ntini, Steyn and Morkel. Pretty mouth-watering attack that

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posted May 23, 2008

Add Kallis into that and you have a pretty good bowling attack. England beware!!

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posted May 23, 2008

Nel probably won't get a game, I don't understand why they're taking him. Gibbs will be called up for the ODI's but I believe he might still make a come back in the test squad. I've been having my doubts about Ashwell Prince lately. With Kallis and Amla there to steady any quick collapses I wonder if it isn't an opportunity to get a more attacking batsman at 5, Smith has shown that he prefers a more attacking sort of game like the Aussies.

Ntini, Steyn, Morkel, Kallis and Harris or Zondeki. That's a pretty good line-up.

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posted May 23, 2008

up_and_under - I think Nel is a very underrated bowler. He gets bounce, can move it off the seam and, just as importantly, has a huge heart and will keep going for as long as his captain requires. For me, it's a toss-up between him and Morkel for the third seamer role, but the one I can't wait to see is Steyn - he really does look the business.

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posted May 23, 2008

Yes Nel has heart and passion but I still don't rate him as a Test cricketer. With Pollock gone the Proteas need a reliable bowler and Morkel can be molded into that. Nel is too sporadic and temperamental to be the guy to slow down an excessive run-rate for example.

Steyn and Ntini are fiery enough on their own and with Boucher and Smith in the squad you have more than enough passion. In ODI's he performs well though.

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posted May 23, 2008

I think we are now starting to see how the team is going to shape up in the years to come...Ntini will soon be leaving us and that leaves a permanent place for the likes of Morkel and Zondeki..I still think our batting is a little suspect, Amla has shown geat class on the continent so hopefully that form continues..the one that scares me most is JP Duminy...Im not convinced that he is up tp test match level..lets hope he proves me wrong..Predictions: England may sneak a draw in the test series (reliant on the weather)...if the weather holds out through the series, I cant see them beating us...the one dayers will be entertaining, but again I see a comfortable victory for the Proteas...this is the team thats going to be the Aussies at the end of the year...Thoughts??

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