Maharaj to lead Proteas in ODI series against the Netherlands

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Keshav Maharaj (left) with the Proteas team during the ICC T20 World Cup match against England at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates at the weekend.
Keshav Maharaj (left) with the Proteas team during the ICC T20 World Cup match against England at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates at the weekend.
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Keshav Maharaj will lead the Proteas squad in the coming three-match ODI series against the Netherlands on home soil.

The Dolphins bowler gets to boost his CV further, having been caretaker captain in Sri Lanka in September, while South Africa’s white-ball captain Temba Bavuma and several other players are rested.

The squad named on Wednesday also sees Wayne Parnell of Western Province and Khaya Zondo from the Dolphins make a return to the ODI set-up ahead of the Betway-backed ODI series against the Netherlands from November 26 to December 1.

Parnell’s last appearance for the national team was against Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England, while Zondo’s was in 2018 against Zimbabwe in Paarl.

Zubayr Hamza and Ryan Rickelton have received maiden call-ups to the ODI squad, following consistently impressive performances in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) domestic scene.

Other returns to the team include Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Daryn Dupavillon and Sisanda Magala, along with ICC T20 World Cup squad members Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams.

This appears to be a second-rate Proteas squad, but still capable of competing strongly with the minnows from Holland on pitches in Gauteng.

This is the first time that visitors play a full international series against the Proteas in South Africa.

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Two fixtures will take place at SuperSport Park in Centurion and the last at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

The series forms part of the ICC World Cup Super League, which is the qualification tournament for the 2023 ICC World Cup. The Proteas are currently ninth on that log table.

Said CSA convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang in a statement: “The National Selection Panel and I are excited to give this group of exciting cricketers a good go. These selections are part of our strategy to give opportunities and reward the good work of players in our provincial system.

“We do not take this historic tour of the Netherlands to our shores lightly. We are keen to showcase the talent that South Africa has and to give opportunities to players who have been patient for a long time and are raring to go.

“On behalf of the panel, I would like to wish Keshav Maharaj, coach Mark Boucher and the team all of the very best as they look to make inroads into the team’s campaign to qualify for the 2023 ICC World Cup.”

Proteas ODI squad:

Keshav Maharaj (capt, Dolphins), Daryn Dupavillon (Dolphins), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Sisanda Magala (Lions), Janneman Malan (Rocks), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Dwaine Pretorius (NW Dragons), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Wayne Parnell (Western Province), Ryan Rickelton (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Kyle Verreynne (wicket-keeper, Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Titans), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins).

SERIES SCHEDULE:

Friday, November 26 at 10 am:

1st ODI South Africa v Netherlands,

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Sunday, November 28 at 10 am

2nd ODI South Africa v Netherlands,

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Wednesday, December 1 at 10 am

3rd ODI South Africa v Netherlands,

Wanderers, Johannesburg.


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