London, Dec 07:Duanne Olivier, who last played a Test for South Africa in 2019, has been named in South Africa’s 21-member side for the three-match series against India. GlentonStuurman and PrenelanSubrayen too got the nod, while Ryan Rickelton and SisandaMagala earned maiden Test call-ups.
After being rested for the ODI series against the Netherlands, KagisoRabada, Quinton de Kock and AnrichNortje are back in the squad for the all-important series as South Africa aim to make a positive start to their ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 journey.
Olivier, who has played ten Tests since his debut in 2017, returned to South Africa earlier this year after a stint as a Kolpak player and has been in red hot form this season. In the four first-class matches in 4-Day Franchise series, the pacer has bagged 28 wickets at an average of 11.14 with 9 for 95 being his best in a game
.’Keeper-batter Rickelton has scored two centuries – 117 against Boland and 159 against North West – to make his case while Stuurman impressed against India with seven wickets in the second unofficial Test.
Erwee struck 163 for Dolphins against Titans while pacer Magala had bagged 15 wickets in three first-class matches before making his ODI debut against the Netherlands. Lungi Ngidi will make a return to the side after recovering from COVID-19 as the selectors have give the think-tank plenty of pace options to work with.
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