We need some flair, says Hudson
National covenor of selectors Andrew Hudson and newly appointed T20 national coach, Russell Domingo, announced the test and T20 squads at a press conference in Cape Town on Thursday for the upcoming series against New Zealand.
There has been no changes to the Castle Lager test team that did duty in the 309 run third test victory over Australia in Perth. Even though test debutant Dean Elgar became a member of the 'pair on debut' club, he has been retained with a view to the future.
"It's likely that Dean will get a run at this stage, with Jacques (Rudolph) being on standby. We are very happy with the test performance of late, that's why we retained the same 13 players that played in Perth," said Hudson at the press conference.
The Blue Label Telecoms T20 squad will see four players making their debuts. Lions allrounder Chris Morris did represent the Proteas in an unofficial triangular tournament in Zimbabwe earlier this year. The other debutants are Titans opening batsman Henry Davids and the Lions duo of 19-year-old wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aaron Phangiso.
Davids and De Kock have been prolific for their respective franchises this season at the top of the order, while Phangiso has carried his form from the Champions League T20 tournament into the domestic scene.
"This squad will give Russell a nice mix of youth and experience going forward," said Hudson.
JP Duminy, Colin Ingram and Albie Morkel were not considered due to injury, while Johan Botha was not considered due to his commitments in Australia. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were rested for this series but will be considered for the One Day Internationals.
The Proteas will be looking to build a competitive team for the next edition of the T20 World Cup, which takes place in Bangladesh in 2014.
"We have a two year period where we can look at some of our depth before the next tournament. The mix is important, there will be some of the older players that, maybe, we will move away from, but I think, going into the tournament in two years' time, we want to have a core mixed with exciting youngsters," Hudson said.
"I think we need some flair, we need to bring something different to the party as opposed to just a regular side," said Hudson regarding the dismal performances of the Proteas in the 2012 edition.
Faf du Plessis has been handed the captaincy for the three-match T20 series, which starts on 21 December at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban.
"We want to rotate AB (De Villiers) and give him a rest. Having him there as captain and wanting to rest him would be awkward," added Hudson.
The second T20 match takes place at Buffalo Park in East London on 23 December and concludes with the Boxing Day match at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth.
BLUE LABEL TELECOMS T20 SQUAD: Faf du Plessis (Nashua Titans, capt), Farhaan Behardien (Nashua Titans), Henry Davids (Nashua Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), Rory Kleinveldt (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Richard Levi (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Chris Morris (bizhub Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Robin Peterson (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Sunfoil Dolphins)