Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has released several
Proteas players for first class duty next week.
JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl (all Cape Cobras),
Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Dean Elgar (Titans) and Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras)
will all play for their respective franchises in the Sunfoil Series from
This will be valuable preparation ahead of the first Test against
England which starts in Durban on December 26.
Batsman Rilee Rossouw has also been allowed play for South
Africa ‘A’ in a three-day match warm-up match against England in
Pietermaritzburg from December 20-22.
Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, explained the
decisions to release certain players: “A lot of the senior players were in
India for the full duration of the 72-day tour and most of them played in every
match, it is vital for them to get some physical and mental rest ahead of the
lengthy series against England.
“All of the fast bowlers in the Test squad announced today
will not take part in any Sunfoil Series matches prior to the series. The fast
bowlers feature across all three formats so it is important for us to manage
their workloads coming out of a long tour and heading straight into another
one. Dale Steyn will have a fitness Test on December 17 to ascertain his
availability for the Boxing Day Test match but we are quite confident that he
will be fit for that Test match.”
Meanwhile, Imran Tahir and Dean Elgar will be available for
selection for their respective franchises in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final
between the Titans and the Sunfoil Dolphins taking place at SuperSport Park in
Centurion on Saturday.
The Test squad will assemble in Durban on Tuesday, December
Proteas Test squad: Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras, captain), AB
de Villiers (Titans, vice-captain), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Temba Bavuma (Highveld
Lions), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans),
Morne Morkel (Titans), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld
Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Stiaan van Zyl (Cape
South Africa 'A' squad: Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions), Reeza
Hendricks (Knights), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Omphile
Ramela (Cape Cobras), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras, captain,
wicketkeeper), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Chris
Morris (Titans), Marchant de Lange (Titans)