South Africa have announced a 15-man squad for the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka. The side suffered a setback of sorts as premier batsman AB De Villiers announced his retirement from all formats of the game. The board will be hoping that young players picked for the series will be able to make an impression against Sri Lanka. The forthcoming one-day series will begin from 18th July.
All-rounder Chris Morris looked out of form during Indian Premier League 2018 has not been picked for the series. South Africa’s premier spinner Imran Tahir has been rested as Keshav Maharaj has been given the opportunity to showcase his abilities with the ball in the limited-overs format. Tabraiz Shamsi is the second spinner picked for the one-day series. Junior Dala and Reeza Hendricks have earned their maiden call-ups to South Africa’s one-day side.
South Africa’s Chief Selector Linda Zondi said that Imran Tahir has been rested in order to find the second best spinner for the side in the format ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. South Africa will be hoping that Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi perform well in the upcoming series in order to provide more options with the ball. The duo might play together for South Africa in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Shamsi has been doing well in the domestic 50-over format. Keshav has been South Africa’s premier spinner in Test cricket. Left-arm spinner will be keen to make an impression in the coming series. Dale Steyn has recovered from a shoulder injury but has not been picked as team management wants to take a conservative approach with regards to his comeback.
South Africa’s ODI Squad: Faf Du Plessis (captain), Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, David Miller, Junior Dala, JP Duminy, Wiaan Mulder, Reeza Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj.