Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj were included in South Africa‘s squad for the five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka, which starts next month.
However, there was no place for fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, even as selection convener Linda Zondi said both are contenders for a place in South Africa’s squad for the World Cup next year.
“We are looking to broaden our talent pool,” said Zondi. “Conditions in England are likely to be very different from those in Sri Lanka. We will be trying a lot of combinations before the World Cup.”
South Africa’s leading ODI bowler Imran Tahir was given a rest and Zondi said this was done so that the selectors “can get a clearer picture as to who our second-best spinner is.”
Shamsi and Test regular Maharaj were named in South Africa’s squad for two Test matches, which will precede the one-day series.
The one-day squad includes opener Reeza Hendricks and fast bowler Junior Dala, who have both played in Twenty20 internationals but not ODIs.
South African squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Chris Woakes will be out for at least the next three weeks after having an injection on a “chronic knee problem”.
After the respective thigh and hamstring tears they suffered against Pakistan at the start of this month, England initially announced they would miss “the first part” of the ongoing five-match series against Australia.
The England and Wales Cricket Board released an update on Monday, ahead of the third fixture at Trent Bridge where England will aim to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead, stating that Stokes’ recovery is “progressing well”.
He is therefore expected to continue his rehabilitation with the squad during the fourth and fifth ODIs, with a view to being available again in time for the three-match Twenty20 international series against India early next month.
Woakes’ prognosis appears significantly less optimistic, however.
“No return date can be specified at this stage,” read the ECB update – which added that he will definitely not be available before the one-day series against India, which starts on July 12.
The ECB statement read: “Chris Woakes’ right quad tear, which he sustained at Headingley in the second Test against Pakistan earlier this month, was at least in part due to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem.
“He has had an injection for the knee issue last Monday, and will now undertake a rehabilitation and conditioning programme to address both injuries.
“A date for return cannot be specified at this stage, but he will not be available before the India Royal London ODI series.”
On Stokes, the ECB added: “(His) torn left hamstring is progressing well, at just over two weeks since he sustained the injury in the build-up to the second Test against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley.
“He can bat fully and is now able to run at 90 per cent capacity.
“He will commence his return-to-bowling programme this week.
“The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation programme with the England squad during the fourth and fifth ODIs at Emirates Riverside and Emirates Old Trafford.
“He is expected to be involved in preparation, with a view to being available to play in the IT20s against India starting next month.”
The India A squad kicked off their tour of England with a comprehensive 125-run win over an England Cricket Board XI at Headingley on Sunday. The side are due to play an ODI tri-series which also involves the England Lions and the West Indies A team.
The Rahul Dravid-coached side’s matches are precede the senior team’s extensive tour of England which gets underway in July. The warm-up match on Sunday along with the tri-series will provide an opportunity to India’s fringe players as well as future stars to work their way into the senior squad led by Virat Kohli when they take on hosts England in three ODIs and as many T20Is later in the summer.
Here, we take a look at players who made an impact during Sunday’s win over the ECB XI.
India’s U19 World Cup winning captain had a fine maiden IPL where he came up with some scintillating innings for Delhi Daredevils.
He carried that form over to Headingley on Sunday as he gave India A’s innings a flying start. The right-handed batsman struck seven boundaries and three sixes in his innings of 71 which came off just 61 balls.
The youngster took charge during the powerplay overs and along with Mayank Agarwal, put on 43 runs for the opening wicket. Of those 43 runs, Agarwal scored just four.
The Delhi Daredevils skipper had a fine individual IPL despite his team finishing dead last in the league table. Taking over captaincy duties for the India A side too, Iyer looked in good touch as he too smashed a fine half-century.
He put on 84 runs for the second wicket along with Shaw where he played second fiddle. Post Shaw’s departure, India A lost a couple of more quick wickets but Iyer ensured they posted a commanding total by anchoring the innings.
He departed for a 45-ball 54 in the end with the help of five boundaries and a six.
Another youngster who impressed in this year’s IPL, Ishan Kishan provided India A’s innings the flourish they needed in the death overs with some power hitting. The Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman struck two massive sixes along with four boundaries before registering a quick-fire half century.
His lusty blows in the death overs helped India A power on to 328-8 in their 50 overs.
Krunal Pandya has been a consistent performed for Mumbai Indians in the IPL over the years and the all-rounder made full use of the India ‘A’ outing.
Pandya did what he does best in the IPL – providing some big hits with the bat towards the end of the innings before turning the screws on the opposition with some tight overs of left-arm spin. He smashed a 28-ball 34 at the death with the help of two sixes before bowling six overs in which he conceded just 21 runs while picking up one wicket.
The Rajasthan-born pacer was a revelation for IPL champions Chennai Super Kings with the new ball. A pacer who has the ability to swing the ball both ways, Chahar enjoyed himself in English conditions as he picked up three wickets.
The pacer removed ECB XI skipper Alex Davies early in their chase to put India A on top before claiming the wickets of Matt Critchley and Tom Barber towards the death. He finished with figures of 3-48 in 7.5 overs to complete a fine outing.