Five players unfortunate to miss out

EVERY World Cup selection comes with its casualties but such is the stability of the South African team, surprises were not the order of the day.

However, here are five players who could consider themselves unlucky to miss the World Cup:

Robin Peterson (Cape Cobras)
2014/15 List A Season stats: 11 wickets at 14.81 in five matches

While South Africa are not short on personnel, their propensity to blow out mentally has hindered them in the past and Peterson was one of the calmer heads in the team.

Colin Ingram (Warriors)

2014/15 List A Season Stats: 272 runs at 54.40 in five matches.

Ingram probably was the one batsman who suffered from Jacques Kallis’ retirement as the left- hander was unable to cement a batting position.

He was always last in and first out and an untimely dip in form, coupled with the rise of Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock, further lengthened the queue.
In what has been a difficult season for the Warriors, Ingram has been the stand out batsman at number three and can deputise very well as an opener. Athi Dyili’s continued inconsistency with the gloves also saw him take up the cudgels behind the stumps with minimal efficiency.

Ryan McLaren (Dolphins)*

It was always going to be a race between him and Wayne Parnell but the selectors chose the X-factor player in Parnell, who tends to blow hot and cold.
While McLaren has always been the safe and consistent bowling and batting option, his weakness against the short ball was exposed on the Australian ODI tour. He did his best to boost his chances with two centuries for the Dolphins in the Sunfoil Series but they were not enough.

Morne van Wyk (Dolphins)
2014/15 List A season stats: 353 runs at 176.50 in five matches
With Proteas coach Russell Domingo stating he would rather have AB de Villiers fielding than keeping, it would have made perfect sense to pick the experienced Dolphins captain.

In the case of Quinton de Kock again having to fall out because of injury, he would have been the perfect replacement as a top-order biffer and a neat glove man.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Highveld Lions)

2014/15 List A season stats: 12 wickets at 18.08 in five matches
While his work ethic, especially when fielding, continues to be a hot topic of debate, he let the ball do the talking for the Lions in the Momentum One-Day Cup, where he is the top wicket taker.

Ankle surgery, which saw him miss the Sri Lankan and the Zimbabwean tours, saw him fall behind in the pecking order.
* Was on national duty

 – Khanyiso Tshwaku

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