Lungi Ngidi in South Africa ODI squad vs India; Chris Morris, Morkel return
Lungi Ngidi has been the find of the India vs South Africa series. The young fast bowler will lend support to the ODI team that also has Morne Morkel and Chris Morriscricket Updated: Jan 25, 2018 13:13 IST
Lungi Ngidi is among two uncapped players chosen on Thursday by South Africa for the upcoming ODI series against India. Batsman Khaya Zondo also finds himself in the squad named for the first three ODIs. The first match will be played in Durban on February 1. (THIRD TEST DAy 2 LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD)
Lungi Ngidi was not available for the previous ODI series last year as he was recovering from injury while Zondo had previously been included in the Proteas squad for the 2015 tour of India without playing a match.
Morne Morkel and Chris Morris, who missed the previous ODI series against Bangladesh through injury, return to the squad. Chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi is back as a second spin option for South Africa.
“This is a continuation of vision 2019 as we develop our squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England,” said Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi.
“Lungi has achieved a remarkable double in being named Man of the Match on both his T20 and Test match debuts and he now gets the chance to show what he can do in the 50 overs format.
“Khaya has been on the fringes of selection for some time now which included leading the South Africa A side on their recent 50 overs campaign against the England Lions. He forms part of our vision to give opportunities to fringe players and we will continue this policy throughout the build-up to the World Cup.
“It is good to have both Morne and Chris back in the squad as the 2019 World Cup is little more than a year away now,” concluded Zondi.
South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.
February 1: D/N 1st ODI, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban; (4:30 PM IST)
February 4: Day 2nd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (1:30 PM IST)
February 7: D/N 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town; (4:30 PM IST)
February 10: D/N 4th ODI, Wanderers, Johannesburg; (4:30 PM IST)
February 13: D/N 5th ODI, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth; (4:30 PM IST)
February 16: D/N 6th ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion; (4:30 PM IST)