South Africa pick un­capped spin­ners for Aus­tralia se­ries

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Tabraiz Shamsi was one of two un­capped spin­ners named yes­ter­day in the South African squad for a Test se­ries in Aus­tralia next month.

Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, took three for 36 in South Africa’s win in the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional against Aus­tralia in Port El­iz­a­beth on Sun­day. The Aus­tralian bats­men, in­clud­ing cap­tain Steve Smith, strug­gled to read which way the ball was likely to turn.

Shamsi is one of two un­capped spin­ners in the squad. Ortho­dox left-armer Ke­shav Ma­haraj, who took 13 wick­ets in a fran­chise match for the KwaZulu-Na­tal Dol­phins last week­end, is also named in the 16-man party. But there is no place for off-spinner Dane Piedt, who was South Africa’s first-choice spinner last sea­son.

“We are fol­low­ing a horses for cour­ses pol­icy as we feel that spin­ners who turn the ball away from the right-han­der are go­ing to be par­tic­u­larly use­ful un­der Aus­tralian con­di­tions and against the Test bats­men we are likely to face,” said se­lec­tion con­vener Linda Zondi.

Faf du Plessis, who cap­tained the side in a se­ries win against New Zealand in Au­gust, will again lead the side in the ab­sence of the in­jured AB de Vil­liers.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel re­turns to the squad after miss­ing the se­ries against New Zealand be­cause of in­jury but will have to prove his fit­ness in a four-day match for the Ti­tans start­ing on Tues­day. South Africa will play three Tests in Aus­tralia, in Perth start­ing Novem­ber 3, Ho­bart, Novem­ber 12, and Ade­laide, Novem­ber 24.

South African Test squad: Faf du Plessis (cap­tain), Kyle Ab­bott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quin­ton de Kock (wkt), JP Du­miny, Dean El­gar, Ke­shav Ma­haraj, Morne Morkel, Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Kag­iso Rabada, Rilee Ros­souw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vi­las (wkt). —AFP

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