Steyn returns to Proteas Test squad for Sri Lanka series

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Fast bowler Dale Steyn will make his long-awaited return to the Proteas Test squad for the two-match series to be played against Sri Lanka next month.

Steyn has not played any international cricket since he injured his heel in the first Test against India in January.

The paceman is currently playing county cricket for Hampshire to prove his match fitness for the Sri Lanka tour.

The 15-player squad also sees the return of Titans’ left-arm wrist spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, whose only previous Test was the pink ball match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2016, and the first-time inclusion of the uncapped leg-spinner Shaun von Berg.

National selector Linda Zondi said: “It is very welcome news to have Dale back in our pack of world-class seamers, particularly in view of the retirement of Morne Morkel.

“Kagiso Rabada has also made a complete recovery from the injury concerns he had at the end of the Australia Test series.

“A key factor in our selection process was to cover all our bases and all possible conditions that we may encounter in Sri Lanka.

“The two additional spinners to back up Keshav Maharaj have both had excellent records in recent times in our domestic cricket. Von Berg also gives us additional batting strength in the lower order.

“Heinrich Klaasen is the other uncapped player although he has been part of our squad for some time. He provides wicketkeeping cover for Quinton de Kock and is also a contender for a specialist batting position.”

Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Shaun von Berg

PROTEAS TOUR TO SRI LANKA 2018

July 4: SA arrive in Sri Lanka

July 7-8: Two-day practice match, P Sara Stadium, Colombo

July 12-16: 1st Test match, Galle

July 20-24: 2nd Test match, Colombo

July 26: One-day warm-up match

July 29: 1st ODI, Dambulla (Day match)

August 1: 2nd ODI, Dambulla (D/N)

August 5: 3rd ODI, Kandy (day match)

August 8: 4th ODI, Kandy (D/N)

August 12: 5th ODI, Colombo (D/N)

August 14: T20 International, Colombo (D/N)

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