Keshav Maharaj named in Proteas squad for ICC Champions Trophy

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The 26-year-old Maharaj has had an impressive debut season for the Test squad. (Image: Cricket South Africa)

Left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, has earned his maiden One-Day International (ODI) call-up to the 15-man Standard Bank Proteas squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, which was announced on Wednesday.

 

The squad will play three ODI’s against England starting with the first match at Headingley in Leeds on May 24th , before their first group match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka at the Oval on June 3.

 

The 26-year-old Maharaj has had an impressive debut season for the Test squad, and comes into the squad to bolster the spin options alongside Imran Tahir.

 

Morne Morkel makes a return to the limited-overs format after nearly 10 months, adding experience to the pace bowling group featuring Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo.

 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) convener of selectors, Linda Zondi, says the selectors have picked a strong squad which covers all of the combinations and conditions on offer for the eighth edition of the eight-team event.

 

“We have been working with this group of players for the last two seasons where our key emphasis has been consitency in selection,” Zondi commented. “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 expectional 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.”

The squad will depart for England on May 16 and will begin their preprations with two 50-over tour matches against Sussex and Northants.

Proteas ODI squad for 3-match ODI series vs England and ICC Champions Trophy 

Hashim Amla, Quiton de Kock – wk, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers – captain, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris,  Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel.

South Africa ODI Tour to England itinerary

Fri 19 May                     1-day Tour match v Sussex (D/N)        1st Central County Ground, Hove

Sun 21 May                   1-day Tour match v Northants            Northampton

Wed 24 May                 1st Royal London ODI (D/N)                  Headingley, Leeds

Sat 27 May                    2nd Royal London ODI                            Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Mon 29 May                3rd Royal London ODI                            Lord’s, London

 

June 1 – 19: ICC Champions Trophy 

Sat 3 June                    Sri Lanka v South Africa                      The Oval, London

Wed 7 June                 Pakistan v South Africa                       Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sun 11 June                 India v South Africa                             The Oval, London

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