Cricket South Africa (CSA) didn’t try anything fancy and named a very predictable squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Proteas’ ace fast bowler Dale Steyn is still nursing his shoulder injury and he hasn’t been included in the squad. However, he has been included in the South Africa A four-day squad for their upcoming tour of England. South Africa will stay in England after the Champions Trophy for a 4-match Test series and Steyn can be included in the squad if he proves his fitness.
Young Keshav Maharaja, who was impressive in his debut series, has been picked and all eyes will be on him in the second biggest 50-overs tournament.
Selection convener Linda Zondi told told Cricket South Africa’s website:
“We have been working with this group of players for the last two seasons where our key emphasis has been consitency in selection,” Zondi commented. “That has shown in how this group has performed over the last while, which has resulted in winning three consecutive ODI series.
“We feel we have a squad that covers every scenario that we could possibly be faced with on the tour. Most importantly, every player knows and understands their role and value within the squad.
“Keshav has had an expectional debut season for the Test side and his inclusion in the squad gives us a spinner with a different skills and extra batting depth. We have seen how important it is to bat deep in ODI cricket, this option will give us that cover if needed.”
South Africa’s ODI squad for three-match ODI series against England and ICC Champions Trophy:
Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), AB de Villiers – captain (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Knights), Chris Morris (Titans), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Morne Morkel (Titans)