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Jacques Kallis has not been
named in South Africa s Cham-
pions Trophy squad after he made
himself unavailable for selection
due to personal reasons. Batsman
JP Duminy meanwhile makes a
return to the team.
Kallis's decision comes as a sur-
prise. He was expected to be a part
of the team after selection con-
venor Andrew Hudson said on
Monday that Kallis was "available
and ready to go".
Kallis has not been playing in
bilateral one-day series, in order
to ensure that he is fit for Tests.
However, he has stated that he is
keen on playing the 2015 World
Cup, and it was expected that he
would be picked for the ICC tour-
nament. Coach Gary Kirsten had
said that South Africa would
reserve the right to turn to Kallis
for tournaments they deem impor-
tant. Kallis hasn't played an ODI
since February 2012.
Hudson said that while the side
would miss Kallis' experience, his
absence was an opportunity for
youngsters to perform. "Jacques'
experience will obviously be missed
but it does create an opportunity
for David Miller whose recent form
has been most impressive," Hudson
said. "It also gives a young player
the chance to make his mark ahead
of the ICC World Cup in 2015."
Duminy had been sidelined after
suffering from a ruptured Achilles'
tendon in a Test match against
Australia in November last year.
While not yet fully fit, he is expect-
ed to be ready to play all formats
by the end of the month, Cricket
South Africa said in a release.
On Duminy's return to the team,
Hudson said: "His return adds a
lot of balance to the side and that,
together with the presence of two
batting allrounders in Faf du Plessis
and Farhaan Behardien, means that
we now have the option to go into
the tournament with seven spe-
Duminy's inclusion is the only
change in the squad that played
against Pakistan earlier this year,
Quinton de Kock.
Kallis unavailable for
Jacques Kallis made himself
unavailable for selection due to
personal reasons. GETTY IMAGES
Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara
has earned an ODI recall, picked in
Sri Lanka s 15-man squad for the
Champions Trophy. Welegedara has
not played international limited-overs
cricket since mid-2010, and had to
return home mid-way through Sri
Lanka s Test series in Australia last
December with a hamstring injury.
Expectedly Mahela Jayawardene and
Rangana Herath, the two senior players
who had missed Sri Lanka's previous
one-day assignment, return; Jayawar-
dene had missed the home ODIs against
Bangladesh in March due to a finger
injury, while Herath had been rested.
Batsman Upul Tharanga, who had a
woeful series against Australia---13 runs
in three innings---and did not make the
XI in the games against Bangladesh,
does not feature in the squad.
Spinner Ajantha Mendis, who was
not picked for the Bangladesh one-
dayers, has not made this squad either.
Welegedara had an injury-plagued
2012, straining his groin in March during
the home series against England and
then, on recovering from that, tearing
a shoulder muscle as Sri Lanka prepared
to play Pakistan in June. While one of
Sri Lanka's preferred options in Test
cricket, he has not been part of the
limited-overs set-up of late. After
pulling up during the Boxing Day Test,
he was out of competitive cricket for
a month, before returning to first-class
cricket in February. Since then he took
23 wickets in seven matches for Tamil
Union Cricket and Athletic Club.
Batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and
Angelo Perera, and allrounder Sachith
Pathirana, who earned maiden call-ups
for the Bangladesh series, miss out.
Sri Lanka had tied the series against
Australia (2--2) and Bangladesh (1--1).
returns for ODI
Sri Lanka's Champions
Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh
Chandimal (vice-capt), Tillakaratne
Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar
Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene,
Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis,
Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga,
Rangana Herath, Nuwan
Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga,
Sachithra Senanayake, Chanaka
In: Chanaka Welegedara, Mahela
Jayawardene, Rangana Herath
Out: Upul Tharanga, Kithuruwan
Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Sachith
Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen
has emphasised that his team will
head into today s first one-day inter-
national against Zimbabwe in confi-
dent mood after the way they
responded to "heavy questions" about
themselves in the Test series.
Jurgensen's men, widely viewed
beforehand as favourites to win the
series, came under criticism after they
posted totals of just 134 and 147 on the
way to defeat in the first of the two
Tests in Harare by a huge 335-run mar-
They subsequently bounced back,
ensuring a 1--1 final result by beating
Zimbabwe by 143 runs in the second
And with his side now looking ahead
to the three-match ODI series in Bul-
awayo, Jurgensen, quoted on
www.skynews.com.au, said: "We came
under heavy questions about us as a
team from a lot of different people but
we worked hard and had some honest
team discussions and assessments.
"We now move to Bulawayo where
the conditions will suit us more...and
this Test win will certainly help our
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim has also
conveyed a sense of optimism from
within the camp about the team's
prospects in Bulawayo, where
Bangladesh have won six times in ten
"The start is important, so we need
to do well in the first game," said Mush-
fiqur, quoted on www.espncricinfo.com.
"We have great memories of Bul-
awayo, so we will do well there."
Although Bangladesh have been lifted
following their fightback in the second
Test, Jurgensen has been keen to stress
that there has also been a sombre mood
among the players after last week's fac-
tory collapse disaster near Dhaka, which
has left more than 400 people dead.
"After the game, the guys were very
subdued," Jurgensen said.
"It's a very sad disaster and I know
as a team we will be doing something
to help the victims and the families.
"It's terrible, it really is, and I just
cannot imagine the pain families will
"I admire the people in Bangladesh
because they will do what they can to
work and earn money to support their
"These people were doing just that---
they went to work and many were badly
injured and many didn't come home."
Acting Zimbabwe coach Stephen
Mangongo will lead out the team in
Bulawayo despite Wednesday's
announcement Andrew Waller has been
handed the reins.
The 53-year-old Waller will take
charge at the end of the Bangladesh
series, with Mangongo set to become
Australia batsman Phillip
Hughes has told his team-mates
to use their disappointing defeat
to India as motivation for the ICC
Australia travel to England for
the eight-team tournament having
suffered a humiliating 4--0 Test
series loss on the subcontinent in
But Hughes believes it is impor-
tant to use that setback as a
springboard to better performances
ahead of the Ashes series, which
begins in July.
"It was a tough tour, no doubt
about it. But I think you can come
out the other side of that a better
player and that's what all the guys
have spoken about," he said.
"That tour is over and done with
now. To get knocked down like
that, it can be tough but mentally
it makes you stronger I feel and
will only make the group stronger
going forward into this one-day
series and the Ashes."
Australia announced their 16-
man squad for the Ashes last week
and Mitchell Starc, a key part of
the tourists' pace attack, has hailed
the strength in depth among the
"I think our fast bowling, we've
got a good group of guys, even
guys in domestic cricket who can
come straight in if need be and
play for Australia," he said.
"So I think fast bowling is in a
good place at the moment. We've
obviously got strong competition
John Inverarity, Australia's chair-
man of selectors, added: "We think
it's a very good and very well-bal-
anced squad, and we're looking to
regain the Champions Trophy that
we've won on the last two occa-
Hughes wants reaction to India woe
South Africa's Champions
AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim
Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP
Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin
Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan
McLaren, David Miller, Morne
Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron
Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale
Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
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