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Simon Harmer again within the South Africa squad for New Zealand Checks

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South Africa has recalled skilled spinner Simon Harmer to its expanded 17-man squad for the two-Check tour of New Zealand beginning in Christchurch on February 17.

Harmer, 32, final performed for South Africa in 2015 earlier than he took up a contract with Essex and proved a revelation on the county circuit as he captained the workforce to its 2019 T20 Blast win.

He’s again within the Check squad after spinning all-rounder George Linde opted out of the Tour as a consequence of his upcoming wedding ceremony, and the uncapped Prenelan Subrayen was compelled out as a consequence of a groin harm.

All 5 of Harmer’s Check appearances got here in 2015 as he took 20 wickets at a median of 29.40 towards West Indies, Bangladesh and India.

Additionally again in competition is seamer Lutho Sipamla however there is no such thing as a place for quick bowler Anrich Nortje, who has not sufficiently recovered from a hip harm.

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“The inclusions of Simon and Lutho reaffirm our intentions as a (choice) panel to reward excellence on the sphere and the pair have let their work communicate on their behalf this previous season,” choice convenor Victor Mpitsang mentioned in a media launch from Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.

The squad is in any other case a lot the identical as that which defeated India 2-1 in a house sequence earlier this month, with Dean Elgar the skipper and Temba Bavuma his deputy.

In a transfer to minimise COVID-19 danger, each fixtures, which can type a part of the brand new cycle of the ICC World Check Championship, will happen at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

South Africa squad:

Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma, Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

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