South Africa have announced the squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka and as expected Hashim Amla makes a comeback while Aiden Markram replaces Reeza Hendricks. Meanwhile JP Duminy in back in international cricket after four and half months.
South Africa have been dominant in the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka so far but Reeza Hendricks has failed to make any impact. In three games he has scored 1,29, and 4 runs. On the other hand , Aiden Markram has been in incredible form in the Momentum One Day Cup. Markram has scored 169, 139, and 85 runs in three innings and courtesy of these scores he has replaced Hendricks in the squad.
Skipper Faf du Plesis said that they have spoken about the balance they would like, and when you add JP to that you only need five overs from him and your all-rounder.
He feels that it’s a real good balance that Duminy brings to the table and his experience is amazing. Faf du Plesis noted that the most important thing from JP’s point of view is that he got over his injury so it’s great that he got runs, but that was the concern from them, just from the leadership group that he goes and plays two games, gets back into cricket.
About Amla, du Plesis noted that Hash has played a lot of cricket for South Africa and has got an amazing record. But they needed to make sure Reeza got an opportunity this series. He explained that if Hash gets another opportunity coming back into the side, hopefully he grabs that with both hands.
South Africa have already won the five match ODI series by winning the first three ODIs. South Africa’s squad for the remaining two ODIs-
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.