South Africa name unchanged squad for three-Test series in England

South Africa have named an unchanged Test squad from the one that toured New Zealand for the three-match series in England.

The 15-man squad will play Tests at The Oval in London and at Headingley in Leeds before returning to London for the final match at Lord’s.

The series starts on July 19 with the final Test finishing on August 20.

The two countries are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 on the latest ICC Test match rankings announced this week at the conclusion of England’s series against the West Indies.

“The players fully deserve a vote of confidence after the outstanding manner in which they outplayed New Zealand away from home,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.

“We are now building up excellent depth in both the batting and bowling departments. This was highlighted by JP Duminy’s century when he was called up as an 11th hour replacement for Jacques Kallis.

“I believe most other countries would be very happy to have the fast bowling resources we have at the moment. Marchant de Lange has been most impressive since his outstanding debut against Sri Lanka while Lonwabo Tsotsobe gives us a left-arm option.

“Consistency has also been one of the key pillars of our selection policy and this is also contributing to our success on the field.”

Hudson added that AB de Villiers would be the reserve wicketkeeper for the Test series.

Graeme Smith, South Africa’s Test captain, has recovered from ankle surgery that ruled him out of the IPL.

“Graeme has been outstanding both as our leading runs scorer and as captain during our last two Test tours of England and I have every confidence he will continue that form,” added Hudson.

Squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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