• Ngidi cleared to play in ODI series

    Interim director of cricket Graeme Smith has declared fast bowler Lungi Ngidi fit to play for the Proteas in next month’s ODI series against England.

    Ngidi sustained a hamstring injury during the Tshwane Spartans’ Mzansi Super League campaign late last year.

    After he was sidelined for the four-Test series against England, Ngidi recently attended Cricket South Africa’s high-performance fitness and conditioning camp in Pretoria alongside all-rounder Jon-Jon Smuts, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, seamer Sisanda Magala and others.

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    ‘I’m proud of the work that’s been achieved by the four players who have been in our high-performance camp for the last three weeks,’ said Smith.

    ‘It’s been a tough assignment and the guys have really put in the work with the ambition to get into the green and gold in mind – that’s the kind of commitment and grit we’re looking for in our national team.

    ‘I’m pleased that Lungi, Tabraiz and Jon-Jon have been declared fully fit to join the ODI squad and I’m confident that Sisanda will be in that circle soon enough.

    ‘He has put in an immense amount of work over a short period of time and we want to ensure he has the tools to deal with the high demands of international cricket when the opportunity arises.

    ‘The Proteas men have an incredibly busy year of limited-overs cricket ahead of them and we want to be certain that our players are up for the demands that will come.’

    South Africa and England will contest three ODIs through early February. Three T20Is will follow.

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