Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

S/A spinner Maharaj gets first ODI call up

S/A spinner Maharaj gets first ODI call up

However, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander recovering from injuries have been left out.

Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Wednesday, April 19, announced their full squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, scheduled for a June start.

Despite being down with injury during the ongoing Indian Premier League, AB de Villiers have been given the responsibility to lead the side.

However, the 32-year-old made a successful return in the recently concluded Test series in New Zealand where he picked 11 wickets from four innings, thereby earning a recall in the all-important Champions Trophy.

Morne Morkel also returns to the ODI squad for the first time in nearly a year, after also outing for the Proteas Test side against the Black Caps.

The same squad will represent South Africa in three one-day internationals against England, starting in Leeds on May 24, ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Also left-arm-spinner Keshav Maharaj has been called-up following his successful performances in New Zealand taking the place of wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. "That has shown in how this group has performed over the last while, which has resulted in winning three consecutive ODI series". Most importantly, every player knows and understands their role and value within the squad.

South Africa's ODI team will play three games against England as a warmup for the Champions Trophy, when the Proteas play Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India in Group B.

"Keshav has had an exceptional debut season for the Test side, and his inclusion in the squad gives us a spinner with a different skills and extra batting depth", said selection convener Linda Zondi.

Morne Morkel is also making a comeback into the squad and will bolster the pace attack along with Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo. "Should he play‚ it allows us the option of breathing easier than the option of two outright spinners who can't bat".

With South Africa playing an away Test series against England in July and August, the A tour will give Steyn a chance to make a claim to regain his place in the Test squad.

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