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Paul Adams returns to SA squad for first Test

Paul Adams and Nicky Boje will look after the spin department in the first Test against India.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 17:43 IST

Left-arm wrist spinner Paul Adams made a return to the South African squad for the first Test against India starting in Johannesburg from December 15,2006.

The South African selectors named two spinners in the 15-member squad, the other spinner is Nicky Boje.

"We have selected a 15-man squad that includes two spinners as we continue in our quest to be the best Test cricket team," convenor of selectors Haroon Lorgat said.

"Paul is capable as a strike bowler and, in the absence of obvious alternatives, we want to give ourselves the opportunity of looking at him in building our Test squad. It will be up to Paul to show us that he can still do the job," he added.

Robin Peterson, who was the only spinner in the South African squad for the one-day series is missed out.

Adams has not played for the Proteas since a Test against New Zealand in 2003-04. He has taken 134 wickets in 45 Tests in a career that started in 1995-96.

Paceman Dale Steyn, who rocked the Indians in a tour match before the limited overs series, has been included, as have batsmen Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Rudolph, who were dropped from the Test side at the end of last season.

The Johannesburg Test will be followed by ones in Durban (December 26 to 30, 2006), and Cape Town (January 2 to 6, 2006).

The South African squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (vice-captain), Paul Adams, Hashim Amla, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph and Dale Steyn.

First Published: Dec 08, 2006 17:43 IST