In­dia se­ries: McLaren gets a Proteas’ call

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

KNIGHTS’ all-rounder Ryan McLaren has been added to the Proteas’ Test squad for the open­ing five-day match against In­dia to be played at Su­perS­port Park from De­cem­ber 16.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) se­lec­tion con­vener An­drew Hud­son yes­ter­day an­nounced a squad of 15 for the first of three matches that in­cludes McLaren plus the 14 play­ers who formed the squad for the two Tests against Pak­istan.

“We want to keep the squad to­gether that played against Pak­istan,” com­mented Hud­son.

“McLaren has im­pressed in both for­mats of the do­mes­tic game played so far this sea­son and has also come back into our think­ing.”

McLaren made his Test de­but in the fi­nal match against Eng­land in Jan­uary this year.

Hud­son added that the lat­est re­ports from CSA’s med­i­cal com­mit­tee con­cer ning the fit­ness of cap­tain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been “very pos­i­tive”.

“We are ex­pect­ing both of them to be fit to take their places.”

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