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Cricket: South Africa call on uncapped batsman Hamza for Pakistan series

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa have named uncapped middle-order batsman Zubayr Hamza and quick bowler Duanne Olivier of their squad for the three-test dwelling series in opposition to Pakistan beginning in Pretoria on Boxing Day.

Cape Town-born Hamza, 23, averages nearly 50 in firstclass cricket however has had a modest home season up to now with two fifties in 9 innings and a mean of just a little over 31.

The right-hander, who bats at quantity three for his provincial Cape Cobras facet, has been rewarded for his wonderful kind over the past 18 months although and his potential as a future common within the group.

“Zubayr has been one of the standout cricketers in domestic cricket over the past year and carried that form into the South Africa A tour to India where he averaged over 50 in the four-day series against tough opposition and under tough conditions,” Cricket South Africa nationwide choice panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi stated in a media assertion on Thursday.

“Before that, he had an impressive season within the four-day franchise competitors the place he scored 823 runs, together with three centuries, on the spectacular common of 69.

“His choice is a part of our imaginative and prescient for the longer term as we begin to feed new gamers into the system. It is inevitable that a few of our senior gamers will begin considering of retiring in years to return and it is important that we’ve got a great succession plan in place.”

South Africa have additionally recalled Olivier as a substitute for the injured Lungi Ngidi, who will miss your complete Pakistan tour that additionally contains 5 One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures.

The Proteas have retained skilled batsman Hashim Amla regardless of a poor run of kind that has seen him top-score with 31 in his final 9 check innings and regularly fail in home cricket, with the collection of Hamza probably a lot to do with Amla’s struggles.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn will hope to get the one wicket he must go Shaun Pollock because the nation’s highest check wicket-taker and has been in wonderful bowling kind in home cricket.

The second check might be performed in Cape Town from Jan Three-7, with the series finale in Johannesburg from Jan 11-15.

Squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.

Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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