The Proteas squad for next month’s ODI series against England has several obvious omissions.
- Morris was a late addition to the squad for the 2019 World Cup and ended up taking the most wickets for South Africa. He is currently with the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash League.
- The squad is arguably shy of an all-rounder and Pretorius could have been it. He has all but reneged on a Kolpak contract and broke into the Test XI, but is currently sidelined from the ODI squad.
- Rabada is being rested, according to selector Linda Zondi. His break from international cricket, then, will extend longer than that one-Test ban sustained in Port Elizabeth.
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- Du Plessis is no longer captain and hasn’t even been selected as a batsman. He, too, is just resting, according to Zondi.
- Steyn has retired from Test cricket, but is still available for ODI and T20I selection. For now, he’s not wanted in the intermediate format.
- Nortje is another Zondi insists has been left out to make space for others who deserve a go. If anyone on this list should have been retained for the ODI series, it’s him.
- Paterson’s repute for good death bowling in ODI cricket hasn’t really lived up to hype and expectation, even if he has made it into the Test XI for now.
- Klaasen’s stocks continue to fall, with fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne the latest to crack the nod ahead of the experienced Titans player.
- Markram would likely have been picked, were he not still recovering from the finger injury sustained during late last year’s first Test against England.
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