Steyn returns to Proteas Test squad for Sri Lanka series
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)
Marcus Trescothick relishing return to ‘special environment’ with England
Trescothick is England’s new batting coach.
Jack Leach feels here to stay after establishing himself as top England spinner
Leach made his debut almost three years ago in New Zealand but had made only 10 appearances before the turn of the year.
Kevin O’Brien says century against England helped Ireland ‘reach for the stars’
O’Brien hit a 50-ball 113 as Ireland chased down a target of 328 in the 2011 World Cup.
Ian Harvey is Gloucestershire interim coach after Richard Dawson joins England
Dawson has accepted the position of ECB elite pathway coach
Marcus Trescothick, Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel join England’s coaching staff
Trescothick has left his assistant’s role at Somerset.
Ben Foakes focuses on squaring the series with England
The tourists are 2-1 down going into the final Test against India.
Stonewall praises Steven Davies and warns ‘attitudes need to shift across sport’
The 34-year-old wicketkeeper announced he was gay 10 years ago.
Charlotte Edwards backs women’s cricket to keep ‘growing and growing’
On Thursday Edwards became the first female president of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Heather Knight ‘frustrated’ as England lose final ODI in New Zealand
Defeat ended a run of 10 straight wins across all formats for England
Jonathan Trott warns England not to get ‘too desperate’ against India spinners
The duo have taken a combined 42 wickets in the series so far.