South Africa Test Squad against New Zealand

South Africa have announced their 16-member squad for the three-match series against New Zealand starting next month.
With two uncapped players, Heinrich Klaasen and Theunis de Bruyn are included in the squad.

The 32-year-old Morne Morkel returns to the Test after missing the recent series against Sri Lanka, while there is also the inclusion for fellow pacer Chris Morris, who was sidelined due to injury.

“Heinrich Klaasen was one of the top performers throughout the season and he is rewarded for his form by being included in the test squad,” said CSA selection convener Linda Zondi.

“With Dane Vilas no longer available for selection, it was an opportunity to reward someone else. This will be an excellent opportunity for Heinrich and we wish him all the best.”

The squad will depart for NZ on Saturday, 25 February ahead of the first test starting in Dunedin on 8 March.

TEST SQUAD: Faf du Plessis (Capt), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Theunis de Bruyn, Heinrich Klaasen, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris
24 February, 2017

Joe Root confident on his England captaincy

England captain Joe Root has stated that he is experienced enough to lead England Lions, despite having just four first-class games as captain.

Root, 26, was named as Alastair Cook's successor earlier this week after being given the nod by the ECB over the likes of Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad.

Root is pretty confident that he has got the skills required to guide his team into a new era.

"I've played 50-odd Test matches now and I think that counts for a lot," the Right-handed batsman told Sky Sports News. "I think it's very different, Test cricket to county cricket. I've added that responsibility of the vice-captaincy.

"Even though I haven't been captain I've been trying to think like a captain to try to help Cooky out, and add value where I can to the bowlers or anyone in the team. I'd like to think that's how a lot of the guys will go about their business going forwards as well.

"It feels amazing. It's been a very special couple of days. As a young kid you always aspire to be England captain. It's the pinnacle of the Test arena. It's always something you aspire to do."

Root has scored 4,594 runs in 53 Tests since his debut in December 2012.
16 February, 2017

South Africa squad for New Zealand ODI series

South Africa have retained their ODI squad for the tour of New Zealand starting next week.
The same 14 players that has outplayed Sri Lanka in a five-match home series will leave for New Zealand the next day.

However, the squad for three Test matches will be announced later this month.

Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi said: "We are very happy with the way the squad has jelled over the past six months and consistency in selection is very important as we continue our build-up towards the ICC Champions Trophy tournament (in England in June).

"New Zealand are playing very good cricket at the moment and as always will provide very tough opposition, particularly under their home conditions."

South Africa ODI Squad: AB de Villiers (ODI captain), Faf du Plessis (T20 captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
09 February, 2017

Brendon McCullum rejoins Middlesex

Former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum has re-joined Middlesex as one of their overseas players for the NatWest Blast this summer.

The 35-year-old is due to play up to nine matches and split his time with Caribbean Premier League which runs simultaneously throughout July.

McCullum has scored 2140 runs with an average 35.66 in 71 T20Is for New Zealand.

Middlesex have claimed the County Championship in 2016 for the first time since 1993.

Pakistan Tour of West Indies in March-May 2017

Pakistan will travel to West Indies for a seven-week tour starting at the end of March, including two T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests in the Caribbean Island. 

Full Schedule:

March 31: 1st T20I, Port of Spain

April 2: 2nd T20I, Port of Spain

April 7: 1st ODI, Providence

April 9: 2nd ODI, Providence

April 11: 3rd ODI, Providence

April 22: 1st Test, Kingston

April 30: 2nd Test, Bridgetown

May 10: 3rd Test, Roseau

12 January, 2017

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