South Africa have made three changes for the second T20 fixture against Australia, including handing all-rounder Wayne Parnell his international debut.
The Warriors left-arm seamer replaces provincial team-mate Lonwabo Tsotsobe, while Hashim Amla comes in for Jacques Kallis, as does Morne Morkel for Makhaya Ntini.
Coach Mickey Arthur said the changes were not a knee-jerk reaction to the emphatic 52-run loss yesterday, but merely down to rotation.
“It was always our plan to give every player in the squad at least one match,” explained Arthur. “We will certainly need to continue rotating the bowlers at the least in the ODIs.”
“There is a lot of cricket coming up when we get home for the return series against Australia and we must take the anticipated workload of the bowlers into account and make sure that they are fresh and ready to go,” he added.
Arthur also said this squad had the best chance of making the team for the T20 World Cup in England in June. “The players we have here have the first bite of the cherry in terms of selection for that tournament.”
AB de Villiers, who was hit on the hip by a Shaun Tait thunderbolt at over 150 kph, may have to undergo a fitness test before start of play at The Gabba tomorrow.
Meanwhile captain Johan Botha said his team panicked in the face of rookie David Warner’s innings of 89 off only 43 balls yesterday. “We’ll have to learn to think on our feet,” said Botha. “We saw him [Warner] on TV the other day and he was performing just as well. We simply did not have an answer.
“It was tough. We were like deers caught in headlights.”
South Africa – 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Vaughn van Jaarsveld, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha (c), 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Wayne Parnell, 11 Dale Steyn.