Steyn in line for first ODI in almost two years

Dale Steyn is once again ready to play Test cricket for South Africa

South Africa’s Dale Steyn is right in line for his very first ODI in almost two years, according to reports.

Steyn is set to make a return for South Africa’s ODI mix after quite a while, since the year 2016.

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This is set to happen after the Southern African nation named him in their squad to meet Zimbabwe in September.

Steyn last played his part in an ODI back in October of the year 2016.

But he has now made public his plan to push for a place in the South African World Cup team.

Imran Tahir who observed rest from the recent ODI series in Sri Lanka also makes a return to the fold.

That is the case with the pair of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi also making it into the side.

This has thus given South Africa four spin options and that is inclusive of JP Duminy.

The very shock omissions for South Africa are the duo of David Miller and Quinton de Kock.

Meanwhile, Miller made a decision to call it quits with red-ball cricket earlier this week to focus on shorter formats.

And de Kock who stood in as captain in Faf du Plessis’ injury-enforced absence in Sri Lanka is also missing.

The South African cricket team have already issued a formal statement to list the two men as having a rest.

Du Plessis who had earlier picked up a shoulder injury has made it into both the ODI and T20 squads.

That is subject to passing a fitness test and should du Plessis need further recovery, a replacement captain will emerge.

SA to experiment against Zimbabwe

A series against the Zimbabwean side would look to be a perfect game to experiment with at this very moment.

But there is a new cap in the team which is none other than Christiaan Jonker, the Warriors middle-order batsman.

SA had initially considered him for the Sri Lanka tour but he could not make the trip due to injury.

“The selection of Christiaan Jonker is part of the ongoing process of our Vision 2019.

“He had an outstanding debut in the T20 format against India.

“And we really want to see whether he can convert that finishing form into the longer white-ball format as well.”

Linda Zondi who happens to be South Africa’s convener of selectors said during an interview session on Friday.

“We have also recalled Khaya Zondo to the ODI squad as another part of the pool-broadening process.

“He had an outstanding quadrangular series for South Africa A in India and that is against a high quality opposition.

“Furthermore, he went on to score our only century while he had a strike rate of 95,” Zondi summed up.

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