South Africa have named their Test squad for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka that starts from 13th February in Port Elizabeth.
Uncapped Wiann Mulder has earned his maiden call-up to the national side for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. South Africa have been formidable at home in Test cricket and inflicted a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan in recently concluded Test series.
Mulder made his limited-overs debut against Bangladesh in October 2017. He has played eight one-day internationals for South Africa till now. He has suffered a setback of sorts as Mulder was out of action due to injuries. He sustained an ankle injury and miss the home series against Zimbabwe played in October 2018.
Cricket South Africa Convener Linda Zondi said that Mulder has been on the radar for the five-day cricket for South Africa. Mulder played three first-class games and also scored 146 runs with the bat in the game played against Knights. He also has contributed with the ball and regularly picked up wickets for the franchise in the four-day competition.
Pace bowler Lungi Ngidi has been overlooked for the Test series as selectors don’t want rush into the international cricket. He will certainly a couple of first-class games to prove his form and fitness in order to make himself available for national selection. Zondi said that Lungi needs to be given proper time so that he can remain injury for the national side for this year’s Cricket World Cup that will be played in June.
The opening game of the two-match Test series will be played on 13th February in Durban. The second and final game will be played on 21st February in Port Elizabeth. The conclusion of the one-day series will see South Africa play five one-day internationals followed three T20Is to conclude the tour.
South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Dale Steyn