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AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn return for inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe

AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will be returning to the South Africa squad for the inaugural four-day Test match against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth.

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2017 14:35 IST
Reuters, Cape Town
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Dale Steyn (L) and AB de Villiers will feature for South Africa in the four-day Test against Zimbabwe on December 26.(Getty Images)

AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will all make long-awaited returns for South Africa at test level after being named in the 14-man squad for next week’s day-night, inaugural four-day contest against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth.

It means South Africa are back to full strength for the first time in almost two years for the December 26-29 match at St George’s Park which serves as a warm-up for three home tests against India in January and a series against Australia straight after that.

De Villiers’ last test was against England in Pretoria in January 2016 after which he asked for time out from the long format of the game while Steyn has been recovering from a serious shoulder injury suffered against Australia at Perth just over a year ago.

Philander missed the 2-0 series win over Bangladesh in September and October following an injury on tour to England in mid-year.

Faf du Plessis, who initially looked uncertain with a back injury, will lead the side.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 14:26 IST