Amla returns to Test side ahead of Pakistan series
South African right-handed batsman Hashim Amla has recovered from his injury and been added to the 13-man squad for the Pakistan Test series.
Pakistan are currently hosting New Zealand for a three-match Test series and the Test series has almost come to the end. The series will wrap up on December 07th.
Following the home series against New Zealand, Pakistan will travel to South Africa for a complete series of three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The series will officially kickstart with the boxing day Test in Supersport Park in Centurion.
Ahead of the home series against Pakistan, Cricket South Africa has announced the 13-man squad for the Test series against Pakistan. In the announced squad list, Hashim Amla finds his name which is really a positive sign for the Proteas since he had a long break due to injury.
Another major change is Duanne Olivier is added into the side as a replacement for injured Lungi Ngidi. Ngidi is ruled out for 12 months because of a ligament tear injury.
“As unfortunate as Lungi’s injury is we are blessed to have outstanding depth in our fast bowling resources. Duanne has impressed on his previous appearances for the Proteas and has had a good franchise season to date with 20 wickets in his five matches at an average of 22.80,” CSA National selection panel convener Linda Zondi said.
“Before that, he had an outstanding season in the four-day franchise competition where he scored 823 runs, including three centuries, at the impressive average of 69.”
South Africa squad:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn