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Magala back in South Africa's ODI squad for series against England

Dewald Brevis was not part of the 16-man group, with the selectors saying they would look to introduce him via T20 cricket

Firdose Moonda
Firdose Moonda
Sisanda Magala last played an ODI in January 2022  •  Getty Images

Sisanda Magala last played an ODI in January 2022  •  Getty Images

Fast bowler Sisanda Magala has made a comeback to South Africa's ODI team after a year when he was named in the 16-man squad for the upcoming three-match series against England at home in January.
There was no room in the squad for the hard-hitting 19-year old Dewald Brevis, who is currently third on the SA20 run-scorers' list. Earlier in the week, Enoch Nkwe, South Africa's director of cricket, said Brevis would likely enjoy a David-Warner-like introduction to international cricket by moving from the T20I squad upwards and selection convenor Victor Mpitsang confirmed he would be considered for the series against West Indies in March.
At the time of the squad announcement, Brevis and Magala were in action in the SA20 game with the latter accounting for the former's wicket for six. Magala is the joint third-highest wicket-taker at the SA20 and was the leading wicket-taker in this season's domestic one-day cup. Despite his form, Magala was left out most of last year, because he struggled to pass CSA's two-kilometre time trial in the fitness test. He has now made the 8:30 mark and is therefore eligible for selection.
"Sisanda has been a good performer in the last few years. We have had some fitness issues with him in the past and that's the only reason he was left out," Mpitsang said. "His consistency has been the reason why he has been selected."
The squad will be coached by Shukri Conrad, who was named as South Africa's Test coach on Monday, will take charge of the ODI squad in this series while new white-ball coach, Rob Walter, finishes his commitments with the Central Stags in New Zealand. Walter will be in consultation with Conrad throughout. Malibongwe Maketa, the interim coach who took South Africa's Test squad to Australia, has not been retained.
Temba Bavuma keeps his place as captain, although it is understood that the leadership in red and white-ball cricket will be up for discussion under the new coaching set-up. Bavuma is not part of the SA20 and had a disastrous run as T20I captain at the World Cup in Australia but is understood to have enjoyed a break and is ready for action. "He is in a good space. In the one-day format, he has a good record. We are quite happy with where he is at the moment," Mpitsang said.
The rest of the squad includes familiar names such as Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, SA20 leading run-scorer Heinrich Klaaasen and David Miller, as well as the first-choice bowling attack of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and allrounders Marco Jansen and Wayne Parnell. But a notable absentee is domestic one-day cup leading-run-scorer Ryan Rickelton.
Rickelton missed the Test tour to Australia because he requires ankle surgery. Rickelton has opted to delay going under the knife in order to play this summer but could not travel for the Australia series because of the risk of worsening the injury and the travel time required to secure a replacement. Mpitsang confirmed he is available for selection in home internationals and could come into contention when South Africa play West Indies in February-March.
"Ryan has performed really well in the last summer," Mpitsang said. "It's about where does he fit in at the moment. He is an opening batter. He has got good numbers. In a squad of 16, we just couldn't get him in. We have had a conversation before we pick the squad and the medical team made it clear that the risk is not as high as when we travel abroad."
The series is the penultimate World Cup Super League encounter for South Africa and is crucial to their chances of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup. South Africa are out of the automatic qualification zone and lie 11th on the points table. They must win at least three of their remaining five matches (three vs England, two vs Netherlands) if they are to leapfrog Sri Lanka and West Indies and avoid the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe in June.
The three-match series will be played over six days, with the first match in Bloemfontein starting on January 27.
All of the squad, except Bavuma, are involved in the SA20, which takes a break from January 25 to February 2 to accommodate for the white-ball series.
South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent