Under-19 World Cup hero Rabada named in South Africa A squad

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Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been named in a formidable South Africa A squad for a testing tour of Australia later this year.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been named in a formidable South Africa A squad for a testing tour of Australia later this year.

Rabada was key to a title-winning Under19 World Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year – and has since embarked on a promising career at first-class level.

Batsman Justin Ontong will captain the squad, while Test seamer Rory Kleinveldt has also been included despite concerns over a knee injury. Other notable names in the touring party are batsmen David White, Khaya Zondo and Cody Chetty, wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle, left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi and leg-spinner Eddie Leie.

"It was only a year ago that the South Africa A squad included the likes of Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt, who have gone on to earn senior national colours, so the opportunity and incentive is there for others to follow suit," commented Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"The squad for Australia has a nice balance of experience and youthful potential about it and this will be an excellent test for them against Australia A, who have assembled very strong squads."

<b>First-class cricket squad:</b> Justin Ontong, Temba Bavuma, Marchant de Lange, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Eddie Leie, Mangaliso Mosehle, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Hardus Viljoen, David White, Khaya Zondo.

<b>List A cricket squad:</b> Justin Ontong, Farhaan Behardien, Cody Chetty, Marchant de Lange, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

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