Spinner Keshav Maharaj named in South Africa’s ODI squad for Australia series

Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj has been included in the South Africa’s limited-overs squad for the upcoming three-match series against Australia that starts from 29th February.

Head Coach Mark Boucher’s main agenda is to build a strong pool of players for the next Cricket World Cup. The selection committee decided to bring in new players for the one-day series against England and Australia. Therefore, the likes of Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne and Jon-Jon Smuts will be looking to make an impact for South Africa with the bat in the upcoming three-match series against Australia.

Despite producing phenomenal numbers in white-ball cricket, Faf du Plessis has been rested by the selectors after he has represented the side across all three formats. Du Plessis recently relinquished the post of captaincy from all three formats to focus on his batting and contribute to the team’s cause. Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius also played in the four-match Test  series against England and have been rested for this three-match one-day series.

CSA Independent selector, Linda Zondi said that Keshav Maharaj has incredibly well in the List A cricket this season and richly deserves his selection to the one-day squad for Australia series. He will certainly add value to the side and provides extra spin option besides Tabraiz Shamsi, who has done well for the side so far this season.

The selectors have decided to rest experienced players like Faf du Plessis, Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen for this three-match one-day series against Australia.

The opening game of the series will be played at Boland Park in Paarl on 29th February. The second match of the one-day series will be staged in Bloemfontein on 4th Match. The series finale will be played at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on 7th March.

South Africa’s ODI Squad for Australia series : Quinton de Kock (captain & wk), Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Jon-Jon Smuts, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreynne