South Africa have declared their ICC World Cup 2019 squad and as expected have retained their senior players Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Hashim Amla and have given youngsters like Anrich Nortje and Aiden Markram an opportunity as well.
Meanwhile all-rounder Chris Morris doesn’t feature in the 15 member squad and Reeza Hendricks missed out as well.
With Amla going through a rather lengthy lean patch, there were questions looming over his place in the team. But the selectors have trusted his experience and have placed him in the squad. This meant there was no space for Hendricks who was in contention for the top order batsmen spot.
Linda Zondi, the National Selection Panel convener said that they feel that Faf’s team is well equipped to handle whatever conditions are presented to them, bearing in mind the weather extremes one can encounter in the British Isles.
He noted that they have also been highly encouraged by the form shown by those of their players who are currently in action in the Indian Premier League and there is no doubt that there is a great sense of anticipation and determination among their players.
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He explained that he is very happy to announce that two of their fast bowlers currently on the injured list, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, are well on the way to recovery and they expect them to be ready for their pre-tournament camp next month.
Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock (wk), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi