South Africa announce 21-member squad for India Test series
The Test series will start on December 26 in Centurion
Sisanda Magala and Ryan Rickelton are the new faces in the South African squad
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje returned after being rested in the ODIs against the Netherlands
South Africa named a 21-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against India starting December 26. Pacer Sisanda Magala and wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Rickelton are the new faces in the South African squad.
Pacer Duanne Olivier, who last played a Test in 2019, is also back in the side, which will be led by Dean Elgar. The seasoned pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje too returned after being rested in the ODIs against the Netherlands, reported PTI.
The first Test, which has been pushed back a week due to the emergence of the omicron variant of coronavirus in South Africa, will start on Boxing Day at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
The emergence of the omicron variant threatened the whole series but both BCCI and Cricket South Africa worked together to ensure it goes ahead.
"This format is very important to CSA and keeping it relevant and alive is one of the organisation’s priorities,” said Victor Mpitsang CSA Convenor of Selectors.
"We are really looking forward to the return of Dean Elgar and his men, it’s been a long few months since the last time we saw them dominate in the West Indies.
"We are confident in the team that we have selected and believe fully in backing the talent that we have unearthed and cultivated over the last couple of seasons and giving players the backing that they deserve when they have continuously done well over a significant period of time."
Limited-overs series will be held later
The three-match series is part of the World Test Championship and India will be aiming to secure their maiden series win in South Africa.
The second Test will be held in Johannesburg from January 3 and the third in Cape Town from January 11.
The Test series will be followed by a three-match ODI series and four T20s, which were part of the original schedule, will be held later.
The CSA had announced the revised series schedule on Monday.
Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.