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Proteas Squad against Sri Lanka

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Feb 08, 2019, 07:55

Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Titans)

Am looking forward to see Hamza and Mulder playing.  

Feb 08, 2019, 19:27

There is no reason a player like Rassie would be handy at test level. Unfortunately he is 29 and therefore a short shelf life.

Andile should be in the squad as well

Feb 12, 2019, 15:17


I suppose there is the word "not" missing after the word "would" in your first sentence.

The latest rumour is complicated and there could be unexpected changes.   It is possible that either Steyn nor Philander may not play.   I believe that they are going to save Steyn for ODI'a and not take a chance with him.    It also seems that Philander is not part of the plans for the WC squad and the next test series is 6 months away.   It would make no material difference if h does not play.

That would leave the following bowlers to bat.

There is no certainty about the all-rounder position a all.   Muller has been identified as a potential future all-rounder and it may happen that he would play tomorrow.

Reading in between the lines the component of the team may  look like follows::0

*   7   Muller

*   8   Philander

*   9   Rabada

*  10  Maharaj

*   11  Olivier

Insofar as the batsmen is concerned  it must be borne in mind that the WC - if selected will be the swan song insofar as Amla is concerned.   It is essential that for a continuation plan they start looking at new players.   Elgar has also not shown his usual form in the Pakistan series - so either he or Amla may not play in the test tomorrow. 

*   1   Markram

*   2   Elgar

*   3   Van der Dussen

*   4   Bavuma

*   5   Du Plesis

*   6   De Kock

However, the above is not confirmed - but based on vague comments of Faf 0 so we will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.           

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