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South Africa have added all-rounder Chris Morris and pace bowler Duanne Olivier to their squad for the last two Tests against Australia.
The move comes after seamer Kagiso Rabada was banned for the remainder of the series for two separate incidents that occurred during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.
The first incident saw the 22-year-old make shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Australia skipper Steve Smith, while the second was for his celebration after dismissing opening batsman and vice-captain David Warner.
As a result, Rabada was fined 65 percent of his match fee and handed four demerit points.
Rabada has since appealed against his two-match ban and the hearing will take place on Monday. Michael Heron, who was appointed by the ICC as the judicial commissioner to hear Rabada’s appeal, will make a decision on whether to uphold or overturn the 22-year-old’s ban by Wednesday.
“Circumstances have forced us to name a large squad at this stage so that we can cover all possible options,” Linda Zondi, the convener of selectors, was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying. “We have retained the 15 players who produced an excellent performance to level the Test series in Port Elizabeth.
“Olivier was the pick of our bowlers for South Africa A in their tour match against Australia while Morris has been in excellent form in domestic cricket, taking four wickets in an innings and making more than 150 runs, including a century, for the Titans in the Sunfoil Series against the log-leading Warriors.”
Neither Morris nor Olivier were included in the original squad. In fact, Morris last played Test cricket in July last year, while Olivier’s last Test match came in October 2017.