ntini back in proteas mix

CRICKET South Africa named a provisional squad of 20 players yesterday for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa in September.

CRICKET South Africa named a provisional squad of 20 players yesterday for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa in September.

The squad will be reduced to a final 15 closer to the start of the tournament. It consists of 15 players who played in the ICC World Twenty20 in England last month as well as Hashim Amla, Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

"It is a very good squad and it will be quite difficult to reduce it to the final 15," said selection convener Mike Procter.

"Charl Langeveldt is no longer a Kolpak player (South Africans playing as locals in Europe) and is again available for selection.

"He has recently undergone shoulder surgery and we will have to see how well he comes through that.

"The news on Graeme Smith's elbow surgery is positive, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe has made a good recovery from knee surgery earlier in the year.

"We will be able to monitor his form as well as that of Vaughn van Jaarsveld on the Emerging Tour of Australia later this month.

"Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs and Wayne Parnell are all playing county cricket at present but will return home in good time to prepare for the tournament."

The Standard Bank ODI provisional squad: Smith (capt), Johan Botha (vice-capt), Yusuf Abdulla, Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Langeveldt, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Ntini, Justin Ontong, Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe and Van Jaarsveld. - Sapa

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