Cricket News: Dale Steyn returns to Test squad ahead of tour to Sri Lanka

Fast bowler, Dale Steyn has been included in the 15-man Proteas Test squad to tour Sri Lanka next month.

The 34-year-old missed the Proteas 3-1 Test series win against Australia after he had picked up a heel injury in the first Test in Cape Town early in the year and has been on a race to regain full fitness in time for the tour, which begins when they arrive on 4 July.

He made his competitive return to action for county side, Hampshire in a high-scoring One Day Cup encounter against Somerset, where he took just one wicket – going for 80 runs in his ten overs.


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Steyn is joined in the Proteas squad by Titans teammates, Heinrich Klaasen, who is yet to make his Test debut, and leg-spinner, Shaun von Berg, earning his first national call-up, as well as Tabraiz Shamsi who returns to the longest format, having made his only appearance in the “pink ball” Test against Australia in 2016.

“The two additional spinners to back up Keshav Maharaj have both had excellent records in recent times in our domestic cricket,” CSA Convenor of selectors, Linda Zondi said.

“Von Berg also gives us additional batting strength in the lower order.

“Heinrich Klaasen is the other uncapped player although he has been part of our squad for some time. He provides wicketkeeping cover for Quinton de Kock and is also a contender for a specialist batting position.”

The Proteas arrive in Sri Lanka on 4 July, where they play the first of their two Tests against Sri Lanka on 12 July in Galle, followed by the second match in Colombo, starting eight days later.


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The two sides will also battle it out in a five-match ODI series beginning on 29 July, before the tour concludes with a once-off T20 International on 14 August.


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Proteas Test squad
Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain),
Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras),
Temba Bavuma (Cape Cobras),
Quinton de Kock (Titans),
Theunis de Bruyn (Titans),
Dean Elgar (Titans),
Heinrich Klaasen (Titans),
Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins),
Aiden Markram (Titans),
Lungisani Ngidi (Titans),
Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras),
Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions),
Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans),
Dale Steyn (Titans),
Shaun von Berg (Titans).


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