Proteas name four rookies in Test squad


Cricket South Africa have named four uncapped players in the Test squad for the two-match series in Bangladesh in July and August, while AB de Villiers will miss the Tests due to the birth of his child.

The potential debutants are Knights opening batsman, Reeza Hendricks, Cobras wicketkeeper, Dane Vilas, and Highveld Lions duo of spinner, Aaron Phangiso, and fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada.

All four have previously represented the Proteas in the limited overs formats. Chris Morris and Ryan McLaren have been recalled, Morris after his excellent efforts in the recent IPL.

"The changes have been brought about partly by the retirement of Alviro Petersen and the non-availability of AB de Villiers who has been granted paternity leave," explained CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson.

"Reeza and Stiaan van Zyl are both options to open the batting and Stiaan can also be used in AB’s batting position in the middle-order. Dane provides us with the wicketkeeping cover that would normally also be AB’s responsibility.

"Aaron gives us a left-arm spin bowling option and we see this as the ideal opportunity to involve Kagiso in the Test team environment once again, so he will be the back-up fast bowling option."

Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are being rested for the three-match ODI Series and the players brought in are fast bowlers, Morris of Titans and Rabada, as well as the  Dolphins all-rounder, McLaren. The remainder of the squad that went to the World Cup has been retained.

Lions leg-spinner, Eddie Leie, is the only uncapped player included in the T20 squad. Again a number of senior players have been rested including Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

"With next year’s ICC World Twenty20 to be played in India we need to explore our bowling options under sub-continent conditions," commented Hudson. "Morris has done well in the IPL as have David Wiese and Beuran Hendricks and this tour represents an important opportunity to broaden their international playing experience."

Test squad: Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Stiaan van Zyl, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Vilas.

ODI squad: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren.

T20 squad: Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Eddie Leie, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks.

Bangladesh tour Itinerary

05 July 2015:       1st T20 International, Dhaka
07 July 2015:       2nd T20 International, Dhaka
10 July 2015:       1st ODI, Dhaka
12 July 2015:       2nd ODI, Dhaka
15 July 2015:       3rd ODI, Chittagong
21 July 2015:       1st Test, Chittagong
30 July 2015:       2nd Test, Dhaka