South Africa became the first participant of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to name their 15-man squad, which is conspicuously bereft of Dale Steyn. AB de Villiers, who has played only three of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first six matches of this IPL season, will lead the side at the eighth edition of the Champions Trophy.
The Proteas play a three-ODI series against the host nation (England) before the tournament gets underway on June 1. The South African squad will leave for England on May 16, to begin preparations for the Champions Trophy, a tournament which, obviously, they would want to win and break the duck in ICC tournaments.
South Africa’s squad has a couple of changes from the side which was picked for the five-ODI series against New Zealand earlier this year. Left-arm chinaman spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been dropped along with fast bowler Dane Paterson. Their places have been taken by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who has earned his maiden ODI call-up, and Morne Morkel, who returns to South Africa’s limited-overs side after close to 10 months.
South Africa, grouped with three Asian giants, begin their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign against Srilanka (on June 3, Saturday) at the Kennington Oval (also known as Kia and Brit Oval), play Pakistan (on June 7, Wednesday) at the Edgbaston in their second match before taking on Virat Kohli’s India (on June 11, Sunday) at the Brit Oval once again.
The table below is that of South Africa’s 15-man ICC Champions Trophy squad:
|Batsmen and wicketkeeper||Hashim Ama, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (WK), Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers (C), David Miller, and Farhaan Behardien|
|All-rounders||Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Dwaine Pretorious|
|Bowlers||Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, and Keshav Maharaj|
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