South Africa have always been a contender to whatever tournament they participate in. Currently the best test match team, Proteas have one black spot on them to wash-off -- winning a world cup. They've done well in all 9 world cup's they've been part of (6 of ODIs, 3 of T20s) but never even reached the finals. Will 2012 be their year as we play World T20 in Sri Lanka? following is the squad announced to do the job..
Schedule : T20 world cup 2012.
AB de Villiers will lead South Africa for the first time in such a major tournament with Graeme Smith ignored by the selectors, making way for Richard Levi and Jacques Kallis to open for the team, although there's Francois du Plessis as well who did wonderfully in IPL last season at top of order for Chennai Super Kings.
South African middle order will have ever reliable Hashim Amla to go with skipper AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. All of these five have played plenty of T20 cricket and should be able to set the totals on board, although Sri Lankan conditions will be little different to what they're experienced in.
South African selectors seems to have given special thought to late order acceleration, including likes of Farhaan Behardien, Justing Ontong, Robin Petersen and Albie Morkel. Apart from being fine fielders and occassional bowlers, the former three can strike the ball hard and prove to be the difference at the end if match goes close.
Proteas will once again hope to blast out their oppositions with fast bowling battery that they've opted for, including Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel apart from Left arm angle of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell. Albie and Kallis can also send down important overs of medium-pace.
Most teams are keeping the slow and low conditions in Sri Lanka in mind and including spinners in their squad but South Africans have even ignored their best option = Imran Tahir, banking souly on Johan Botha's off-spin and Robin Peterson's left arm spin. This will be last tournament for Botha for South Africa.
South Africa are in group C with Zimbabwe and hosts Sri Lanka.