Ntini ignored, Botha returns to Test squad against India

Updated: 31 January 2010 07:21 IST

Johan Botha made a Test comeback while Makhaya Ntini got the boot as South Africa today named its Test and ODI squads for next month's tour of India.

Ntini ignored, Botha returns to Test squad against India

Johannesburg:

Off-spinner Johan Botha made a Test comeback while pacer Makhaya Ntini got the boot as South Africa on Monday named its Test and ODI squads for next month's tour of India.

Big hitting opening batsman Loots Bosman was recalled in the one-day team for the three ODIs that follow the two-match Test series, as was seasoned opener Herschelle Gibbs.

Botha returns to the Test side for the first time since the 2008 tour of Bangladesh and Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Mike Procter said the off-spinner's presence would lend good balance to the side in India.

"It is important to have a second specialist spin bowling option for a Test series on the Asian sub-continent," said Procter.

"We feel this squad covers all our tactical options and will give a good account of itself," he said.

Bosman's ODI recall came following his brilliant comeback in the Standard Bank International Pro20 against England when he made 94 and helped Graeme Smith share a world record opening partnership.

Bosman represented South Africa at the 2007 ICC World Cup but has only returned to full fitness this summer after a succession of injuries.

"We feel that Bosman gives us an explosive hitting option up front and this will be the ideal opportunity for him to show his worth on the sub-continent where next year's World Cup will be played," Procter explained.

"There are several players who are unlucky not to make the ODI squad including Hashim Amla, Ryan McLaren and Charl Langeveldt and I must emphasise that they are all still in the running for the World Cup next year," Procter added.

The Proteas leave for India on January 30 and will play two Tests and three ODIs.

Test Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

ODI Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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