Rickelton: Proteas reward for an all-action figure

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Ryan Rickelton in action for the Lions. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)
Ryan Rickelton in action for the Lions. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

You could call it a cast of thousands ... though Victor Mpitsang and his co-selectors can hardly be blamed for taking 21 players in the obligatory bio-bubble for a very carefully policed three-Test home series by the Proteas against India.

Considering that they named 19 players for a two-Test away series against West Indies in the South African winter, going two heavier for a longer assignment against a more frontline nation in this format means they shouldn’t cop any major accusation of hedging their bets - even if it may look that way at first thought - when it comes to actual team make-up.

Truth be told, there will be several reasonably obvious, routine SA bib-wearers during the looming combat; rookies happy enough to simply be nudging closer toward the XI and able to pick up vital knowledge while rubbing shoulders in training with senior individuals.

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