Champions Trophy 2017 April 19, 2017

Morne Morkel, Maharaj in South Africa squad

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South Africa's Champions Trophy squad © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

South Africa have recalled fast bowler Morne Morkel and included the uncapped spinner Keshav Maharaj in their squad for the Champions Trophy. There was, however, no place for Dale Steyn, who will continue his recovery from injury with South Africa A, or Vernon Philander.

AB de Villiers is fit to captain, despite injuries disrupting his participation at the IPL, while South Africa found room for a quartet of bowling allrounders in Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius. Dane Paterson and Tabraiz Shamsi were the squad members to miss out from South Africa's tour to New Zealand in February.

Morkel has not played an ODI since June 2016 but made an encouraging return from the back injury that had threatened his career during the Tests against New Zealand, taking 11 wickets at 26.72 during the three matches. He will provide added experience in a squad that will rely on Kagiso Rabada as the attack spearhead.

Maharaj has won his maiden ODI call up, edging out left-arm wristspinner Shamsi as support for Imran Tahir, after impressing with the Test side. He was the series leading wicket-taker, with 15, in New Zealand, which included match figures of 8 for 87 to set up victory in Wellington.

"We have been working with this group of players for the last two seasons where our key emphasis has been consitency in selection," CSA convener of selector, Linda Zondi, said. "That has shown in how this group has performed over the last while, which has resulted in winning three consecutive ODI series.

"We feel we have a squad that covers every scenario that we could possibly be faced with on the tour. Most importantly, every player knows and understands their role and value within the squad.

"Keshav has had an exceptional debut season for the Test side and his inclusion in the squad gives us a spinner with a different skills and extra batting depth. We have seen how important it is to bat deep in ODI cricket, this option will give us that cover if needed."

South Africa's tour of England will begin in May, with three ODIs leading into the Champions Trophy. They are currently the No. 1-ranked one-day side, having won 3-2 in New Zealand, and have the top-ranked batsman and bowler in de Villiers and Tahir.

During the tour of New Zealand they equaled their record for consecutive ODI victories (12), having whitewashed Australia and Sri Lanka 5-0 in successive home series. They will arrive in England as one of the form teams - although their only success in global limited-overs competitions remains the 1998 ICC Knockout (a precursor to the Champions Trophy).

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  • har007 on April 25, 2017, 0:50 GMT

    All the best SA. My XI : Hash, QDK, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, Morris, Andile, KG, Tahir, Morkel. The only problem is bowling seems little thin with 2 allrounders. If one main bowler has an off day it will be a problem. That is where SA miss Philander especially in English conditions. The only option is Parnell in the place of Andile, but again Parnell is so inconsistent with his bowling.

  • cheguramana on April 22, 2017, 1:26 GMT

    Looks all set.....for a heart-breaking loss in QFs ? or SFs ? just kidding....ABD mite just pull the team all the way..

  • kingkohli on April 21, 2017, 19:00 GMT

    why this behardin always gets selected as if there is no other finisher in SA left, other wise this is a good selection but i still feel sa has few concerns in death bowling and finishing games, I will rate this team as one of the favorites.

  • Flat Track Bully on April 21, 2017, 12:00 GMT

    @ LookingForward ....emmmmm its a 50 over tournament. As someone said earlier, reading these comments, I've realised that many contributors don't read the articles above nor follow cricket that closely.

  • cricfan21761974 on April 21, 2017, 11:57 GMT

    How many more chances is Parnell going to get... He always gets hammered lol The Opposition always target Parnell because they know he is a weak link. Duminys odi record is abit more consistent but still not good enough. he will have to perform this season, if not lets hope he retires himself(especially from the Test side)same with Miller not consistent enough... Is there no better batsmen in SA atm? Tell you what i rather play Hennry Davids... Call me crazy

  • LookingForward on April 21, 2017, 10:43 GMT

    T20 is a batsmen`s game and it is more important to have 6 frontline bowlers and 5 frontline batsmen. The all-rounders add a lot of depth. For that to happen Duminy needs to go.

    My team 1)Amla 2)De Kock 3)Faf 4)AB 5)Miller 6) Morris 7) Phehlukwayo 8) Parnell 9) Rabada 10)Morkel 11)Tahir

  • immysl on April 21, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    @DHENKANALIANS Riley isn't in the South African squad anymore. He abandoned them in favour of playing county cricket in England.

  • vishpix on April 21, 2017, 4:42 GMT

    I dont know how good a decision duminy took by opting out of IPL but i really hope he is working on his game and comes well prepared to UK. His low confidence in batting is also affecting his bowling, he was always a part timer, I dont know how everyone calls him an allrounder but at least he was a much better part timer 3-4 years back.

  • vishpix on April 21, 2017, 4:31 GMT

    @FAGHMIE MURAT I dont think it makes sense to take someone like Markram and Ngidi who hasn't made their debut yet into the world tournament. Probably Ngidi would hav been in the mix has he not got injured before the NZ tour.

  • Cricinfouser on April 21, 2017, 3:51 GMT

    Where have you been for the past 6 months? Rossouw signed a Kolpak. I often wonder if some people commenting on here are actually cricket fans.

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