Jonty Rhodes headlines South African team announcement

Jonty Rhodes

Jonty Rhodes is the headline name in the South African squad to do duty at the 2020 Over-50s World Cup on home soil.

One of six former internationals in the squad, Rhodes played 52 Tests and 245 ODIs for South Africa, scoring over 8 000 runs at an average of 35, and effecting some of the most breathtaking catches and run-outs the world has seen.

He is joined by:

* Dave Callaghan, who is best remembered for the 169* he smashed against New Zealand in the early 1990s;

* Louis Koen, who played five ODIs and has a first-class double century to his name;

* Henry Williams (seven ODIs as a seam bowler, plus almost 400 first-class/List A wickets);

* Pieter Strydom (two Tests and 10 ODIs);

* Alan Dawson, whose bowling average of 25.4 at first-class level and 22.4 in List-A matches would have won him more than two Tests and 19 ODIs had he not been around in the era of Donald, Pollock, etc.

Apart from the ex-Proteas, there are a number of players with first-class experience, including Rodney Malamba, Anwell Newman, Neil Fusedale, Nazeem White, and Mlungisi ‘Lefty’ Ngece.

The increased exposure of Over-50s cricket, the staging of the World Cup at home, and the underwhelming performance of South Africa at the first World Cup in 2018 all combined to this being a much stronger side than the one that toured Sydney.

Only three players - Kenny Jackson, Dave Duncan and Warne Rippon - have been retained from the team that duty in Australia.

South African squad: Jonty Rhodes, Dave Callaghan, Louis Koen, Alan Dawson, Pieter Strydom, Kenny Jackson, Dave Holgate, Anwell Newman, Neil Fusedale, Rodney Malamba, Mlungisi ‘Lefty’ Ngece, Dave Duncan, Warne Rippon, Brad Player, Nazeem White, Henry Williams.

Head Coach: Allan Donald

By Jim Morrison