Seamer Sisanda Magala will remain with the Proteas squad despite being deemed not fit enough to compete in next month’s ODI series against England.
Magala is one of several new caps in the squad, including wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne, batsman Janneman Malan and Jon-Jon Smuts.
He attended Cricket South Africa’s high-performance fitness and conditioning camp in Pretoria alongside Smuts, fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and others recently.
‘While the seamer has shown impressive signs of improvement, he has not met the team’s requirements for the ODI series,’ read a statement from Cricket South Africa.
‘He will, however, join the Proteas camp for the duration of the series and continue to work with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Tumi Masekela, with the aim of being match ready for selection for the T20 International series against England from 12 to 16 February.’
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock succeeded batsman Faf du Plessis as captain ahead of this three-match series in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
‘It’s an exciting group of youngsters that the selectors have picked and it’s a clear sign to everyone that if you put in the hard yards consistently enough, it will pay off eventually,’ added De Kock.
‘We’re excited to take on a team like England who have had a really good season. It’s a good way of measuring ourselves against the current ODI world champions and the right kind of challenge for everyone from the new guys to the senior players. It’s going be a good, quick and tough series and I’m looking forward to it.’
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