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Hashim Amla got the nod over fellow batsman Reeza Hendricks in South Africa’s World Cup squad, while all-rounder Chris Morris was left out.
There had been a lot of speculation over whether the Proteas would pick Amla or Hendricks, but the selectors opted to go with the experience of Amla.
Morris has not played ODI cricket since February 2018 and only recently made his comeback from a string of injuries.
Meanwhile, pace bowler Anrich Nortje has been picked after making a strong start to his ODI career.
In the fourth matches he has played, the 25-year-old has taken eight wickets at an average of 18.75.
There were no other surprises in regards to the squad picked, which will be captained by Faf du Plessis.
Nortje, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi are the specialist seamers in the side, while both Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo are pace bowling all-rounders.
The spin attack will consist of Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi, while JP Duminy could be called on to chip in as well.
“We feel that Faf’s team is well equipped to handle whatever conditions are presented to them, bearing in mind the weather extremes one can encounter in the British Isles,” South Africa convener of selectors Linda Zondi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “We have also been highly encouraged by the form shown by those of our players who are currently in action in the Indian Premier League and there is no doubt that there is a great sense of anticipation and determination among our players.
“I am also very happy to announce that two of our fast bowlers currently on the injured list, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, are well on the way to recovery and we expect them to be ready for our pre-tournament camp next month”.
South Africa will feature in the opening game of the World Cup, where they will take on England at The Oval on May 30.
South Africa’s World Cup Squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock (wk), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi