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South Africa adds a new pacer for two-Test series against Sri Lanka

By Bet Barter

December 17, 2020

The Proteas side has added pacer Migael Pretorius to their Test squad ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka on December 26. The 25-year-old has had a remarkable season so far in the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Cup.

Migael is currently third on the tournament’s points table with 19 scalps from five matches. His best bowling figures of 7/102 was against the Dolphins in their season opener in November. 

On the other hand, Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius are still not confirmed to be a part of the tour. In the absence of the duo, the rest of the pacers will have to step up.

CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang stated that the management is pleased to include Migael Pretorius in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series. This is going to be rewarding as the player has done a lot to make a spot for himself in the team.

The board hopes that this experience will be a great learning one for the pacer. He further said that such accomplishments serve as encouragement for players across the country.

CSA looking for youngsters for future matches

The involvement of Quinton de Kock in the team is another significant change as they are looking to stock some youngsters for the future. 

Cricket South Africa also affirmed the selection of Sarel Erwee, Glenton Stuurman, and Kyle Verreynne for the tour. Former Under-19 captain, Wiaan Mulder also made a return to the national team after a prolonged injury.

Erwee was brilliant in South Africa’s domestic circuit recently. He smashed 199 for the Dolphins in the 4-Day Domestic Series against the Lions. He also averages 60.28 with 469 runs in eight innings so far in the tournament. 

However, Stuurman has grabbed 181 wickets from 46 matches at a bowling average of 21.28. His best bowling figures of 7/12 makes him a player to look out for in the longer format.

Verreynne has accumulated 551 runs in 11 innings. He has an average of 55.10 which includes two centuries and three fifties for Cape Cobras. Before joining the Proteas team for ODI, he scored 247 runs in two matches.

Keegan Petersen has scored a hundred and half-century under his belt for the Dolphins. He averages 57.66 in the competition, while Mulder brings much-need all-rounder capabilities to the side. His unbeaten century from last week for the Lions also grabs him a 50+ average.

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