• Zondi: Morris still part of our plans

    Selection convenor Linda Zondi has insisted all-rounder Chris Morris remains in contention for a World Cup berth.

    Morris had been sidelined from competitive cricket since he sustained a back injury during the Indian Premier League earlier this year.

    He has recovered, but was not selected for September and October’s limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, which will feature three T20Is and as many ODIs.

    ‘We didn’t consider including him at all. We want him to get through some games and find some form,’ Zondi told Sport24.

    ‘He is still very much part of our plans going into the World Cup.’

    The left-handed David Miller and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock have been rested for the six fixtures against Zimbabwe, while the uncapped Christiaan Jonker has been included in the ODI squad. Batsman Temba Bavuma was overlooked, while fellow right-hander Khaya Zondo was recalled.

    Captain Faf du Plessis has been named in the T20I and ODI squads, subject to fitness. Fast bowler Dale Steyn has also been selected for the ODI collective.

    ‘We just felt that there were other players and different combinations we wanted to try in the Zimbabwe series,’ added Zondi.

    The African neighbours will meet from 30 September to 14 October. Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Paarl will host the ODIs while East London, Potchefstroom and Benoni will host the T20Is.

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