Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia.
Former skipper Faf du Plessis has again been left out of the side. Du Plesis hasn’t played and ODI since the Proteas’ final ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in July. Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius also continues to be rested.
Test regular Keshav Maharaj, who made the last of his four ODI appearance in 2018, has been called for the three ODIs.
#BreakingNews @keshavmaharaj16 has been called up to the Proteas’ ODI squad to take on Australia in the @Momentum_za ODI series played in Paarl, Bloem & Potch from 29 Feb to 06 March 2020. This is Maharaj’s first call up to the ODI squad since 2018. #ProteaFire #SAvAUS#Thread pic.twitter.com/AKEGDz2NeN— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 26, 2020
Among the picks for the series are Lutho Sipamla and Janneman Malan who showed good signs for the future against England and Kyle Verreynne who was also picked for the ODI series against England but did not play.
“With the completion of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the next one being three years away from now, we always saw the series against England and Australia as an opportunity to play some fresh talent,” remarked head coach, Mark Boucher. “If we feel that we need to rest players, we will, as we have done in the recent past.
“Faf (du Plessis) has been fantastic for us in white ball cricket and remains very much in our ODI plans and we will manage his workload for the near future diligently.
“I would like to strengthen our depth pool right now and see what players we have out there. I feel that this is the time and opportunity to do so,” he concluded.
Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj.
The opening match between South Africa and Australia will be played at Boland Park in Paarl on February 29. The subsequent games will be played at Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom on March 4 and March 7, respectively.