By Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa have included off-form opening batsman Hashim Amla in their squad for the Cricket World Cup (CWC) in England and Wales starting next month, but there is no place for all-rounder Chris Morris.Amla’s selection has been the topic of hot debate. He has been a stalwart at the top of the order for the last decade, but his form in all formats has been called into question in the past year.In One-Day International cricket he has managed a single century in his previous 16 innings, dating back to the start of 2018, at an average of 35.26. He was given the opportunity to find form in domestic cricket over the last few weeks, but has a top-score of 32 in six innings, failing to reach double-figures in three of those.“We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Linda Zondi said. “The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest.“The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us.” Morris’s exclusion as an all-rounder is a surprise given his form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his death-bowling ability, but the selectors have instead opted for Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo, with only one of those ever likely to play at any given time.Fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje were both injury doubts, but have been selected, with the former especially crucial to the side given his wicket-taking ability and economy in the opening overs. “Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje are well on the way to recovery and we expect them to be ready for our pre-tournament camp next month,” Zondi added.Rassie van der Dussen, who only made his debut for the side in January but averages 88.25 from his eight ODI innings, was chosen ahead of Reeza Hendricks, while Test opener Aiden Markram also gets the nod on the back of excellent domestic form. EXPERIENCED TRIOFaf du Plessis will captain the side, with experienced batsman JP Duminy and fast bowler Dale Steyn also included.Imran Tahir will be the starting leg-spinner, with the guile of Tabraiz Shamsi another option in that department.South Africa have opted not to select a specialist wicketkeeper as back-up to Quinton de Kock, but instead will rely on part-timer David Miller, who wore the gloves for some of the recent 5-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka. South Africa, seeking a first World Cup trophy win, open their campaign against England at The Oval on May 30.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, David Miller, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
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If you are to visit Loreto Community School in Milford this Friday the 20th of March, you may come to the conclusion that the establishment is full of rude senior students who refuse to speak to visitors.How wrong you would be!The concept of a “day of silence” first came about at a prefect meeting while discussing ideas for a fundraiser. Loreto has built up a name for its successful fundraisers in the past: the twister game which was played by whole year groups simultaneously and “Crazy Hair Day” remain among the most memorable events in the hearts of the students.Each year, fifth year students are given the opportunity to host a fundraiser of their own, and donate to a cause close to their hearts.Last year, the 12 hour cycleathon raised thousands of euro which benefited local charities in our own community. It was evident that topping last years fundraiser would be nothing short of a miracle as last years group came together as one to be so successful. A fundraiser both innovative and unique would be required.And a day of silence ticked both the boxes. “Not only is the idea different, it has symbolic relevance too” explains Nora Doherty, Head Girl of the school.“After a short discussion, we decided we would like to donate funds raised to a local charity for mental health (Jigsaw in Letterkenny), which tied in wonderfully with the concept of the day of silence. We acknowledge that the day is going to be exceedingly difficult, as talking is in our nature, but throughout the day we intend to recall that often people feel this pain for years on end, silenced by their own minds or otherwise.“The difficulties we will have for the day are nothing compared to the internal torment that some people experience, and as such we expect every student in the year will take the challenge very seriously. As well as raising money for a worthy cause, we will be able to get a glimpse of the struggle which some people have on a daily basis.”As it is such a novel idea, the day of silence has been the talking point of the school over the past few weeks, as students and staff alike wait in eager anticipation.Even the organisation of such a simple event took time and thought. At lunchtime it is hoped a film will be shown for fifth year students as sitting in the school canteen surrounded by other people talking may prove too tempting for some people. Workshops have also been arranged for each class group so as to increase awareness of the cause to which we are donating.“Given all the hype surrounding the event, the day of silence is set to go down in history as one of the most memorable fifth year fundraisers. We hope the local community will join in and support us, as the money raised will benefit people around us. If anyone wishes to donate, they should contact any fifth year or prefect member.”So this Friday if you’re admiring the solar eclipse at awe in the early morning, spare a thought for the fifth years from Loreto who will be equally as amazed but forced to express that amazement into themselves.DONEGAL SCHOOL TO TAKE A VOW OF SILENCE THIS FRIDAY! was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Gardai in Letterkenny have issued a warning for all motorists to avoid the Lurgybrack Hill outside Letterkenny.Several cars are reported to be stuck on the hill due to heavy snow and sleet. This area of N13 Ballybofey/Letterkenny Rd is described as treacherous and drivers should take alternative routes and take extreme care.Gardaí are also reporting snowy and slippery conditions on the Letterkenny/Ramelton Rd (R245). Heavy snowfall has led to high accumulations across the majority of roads in the county tonight. A Status Orange Snow-ice Warning is in place for Donegal until 12noon on Thursday.Donegal County Council have highlighted other dangerous areas and advised motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel tonight. Worst affected routes are Meenaroy, Drumkeen, Barnesmore, the back ofErrigal, Pettigo, the N14 Letterkenny to Lifford road andGlentogher. Council gritters were deployed at 6pm and will be out working until midnight.If you must travel in this weather, the AA Roadwatch remind drivers that it can take up to ten times longer to stop when driving in icy conditions. Slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.If you have school closures, poor road warnings or event cancellations to share, let us know on [email protected] Letterkenny motorists warned to avoid treacherous Lurgybrack hill was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)