Proteas coach Kirsten says continuity, flair 'key factors' for Champions Trophy squad selection

Johannesburg, May 3 (ANI): South African coach Gary Kirsten has said that continuity and flair were the key considerations which the selectors kept in mind while deciding the 15-man ODI squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, starting on June 6.

According to Kirsten, the selectors have decided to opt for continuity so that the squad can go with established players, Sport24 reports.

Kirsten further said that the experience helps the players to cope with the demands of the game while flair is especially important in a knock-out event, adding that the squad will be having eight batsmen, who, he hoped, will offer different approaches in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Kirsten said that although the team has a good batting order, however, they needed to perform well in other departments.

Commenting on Jacques Kallis ruling himself out of the squad, Kirsten admitted that Kallis' absence was a blow for the team, adding that although it will affect their performance, he respects Kallis' decision to bow out.

Kirsten further said that the team has progressed to a level that they are comfortable with, whoever plays.

Proteas ICC Champions Trophy squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. (ANI)

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