On Tuesday, South Africa revealed a 21-man Proteas Test squad, which will face India in three Tests from December 26 to January 15.
The series will be held at three venues: SuperSport Park, Imperial Wanderers, and Six Gun Grill Newlands, and will be part of the ICC World Test Championship’s new cycle.
The National Selection Panel has retained the core group that toured the West Indies effectively in June of this year and three additional players.
Fans of the Proteas will be thrilled to see familiar faces like Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, and Anrich Nortje return to play, as well as the reintroduction of seamer Duanne Olivier. He has returned to the South African domestic setup after a lengthy time in the United Kingdom.
Duanne Olivier, the 29-year-old fast bowler, last played for the South African cricket team in a Test match in 2019. He has recently started playing domestic cricket with the Lions and has fared admirably.
In the matches against Boland and Knights, Olivier grabbed five wickets. He appears to be in dangerous form, and it will be intriguing to see how he plays against Team India in the forthcoming home series.
● Two Fresh Debuts
Two South Africans, Sisanda Magala and Ryan Rickelton, have been called up for the first time to the national team. Magala made his T20I debut for South Africa, scoring 84 runs and taking three wickets in four matches. Rickelton has yet to make an appearance in any format.
Magala has 261 wickets from 89 first-class appearances, including 11 five-wicket hauls, while Rickelton has 2,643 runs at 49.86 and nine hundred from 34 first-class matches.
Prenelan Subrayen, an off-spin bowling all-rounder, and Glenton Stuurman, a fast bowler, were both named in prior Test squads but have yet to participate. In 55 first-class matches, Subrayen has scored 1,115 runs and taken 145 wickets. Stuurman, on the other hand, has 205 wickets in 54 first-class matches.
Victor Mpitsang, the convener of selectors for Cricket South Africa, said in a statement: “We’re eagerly anticipating the return of Dean Elgar and his men; it’s been a long time since we last saw them dominate in the West Indies. We are confident in the team we have put together and believe in completely supporting the talent we have discovered and developed over the previous number of seasons, as well as providing players with the support they deserve when they have consistently performed well over a long period of time.”
“This Test series is essential in terms of gaining some points in the Test Championship table,” he continued, “and we are sure that this bunch will take up where they left off and put on a strong display for us on home soil.”
South Africa squad: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.