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South Africa stick to winning formula for New Zealand tour

AFP
Published Feb 8, 2017, 4:45 pm IST
Updated Feb 8, 2017, 4:55 pm IST
South Africa have selected the same 14 players, who currently lead Sri Lanka 4-0 inthe five-match ODI series.
South Africa have named an unchanged squad for the five match ODI against New Zealand. (Photo: AFP)
 South Africa have named an unchanged squad for the five match ODI against New Zealand. (Photo: AFP)

Johannesburg: South Africa on Wednesday retained the squad that has outplayed Sri Lanka in a one-day series for the limited-overs section of a tour of New Zealand starting next week.

The same 14 players currently lead Sri Lanka 4-0 in a five-match home series. The final match is in Centurion on Friday and the squad will leave for New Zealand the next day.

 

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Fast bowler Dane Paterson was added as cover for all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, who will miss the only Twenty20 international in Auckland on February 17 and the first one-dayer in Hamilton on February 19 because his wife is expecting their first child.

Paterson will return home when Pretorius joins the tour.

Batsman David Miller, ruled out of the last three matches of the Sri Lanka series because of a finger injury, is fit to travel but fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who suffered a hip injury during the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, has not recovered.

 

The squad will do duty for the Twenty20 international and five one-day internationals. A squad for three Test matches will be announced later.

Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi said: "We are very happy with the way the squad has jelled over the past six months and consistency in selection is very important as we continue our build-up towards the ICC Champions Trophy tournament (in England in June).

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"New Zealand are playing very good cricket at the moment and as always will provide very tough opposition, particularly under their home conditions."

 

South African squad: AB de Villiers (one-day international captain), Faf du Plessis (T20 international captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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