South Africa select rookie spinner Keshav Maharaj for Champions Trophy
Last Updated: 19/04/17 11:27pm
South Africa have selected rookie spinner Keshav Maharaj and recalled experienced quick bowler Morne Morkel for the Champions Trophy, while Dale Steyn will make his comeback from injury with the Proteas' second-string team.
Maharaj was given the second specialist spin bowler spot in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June behind Imran Tahir.
Slow left-armer Maharaj made his test debut in November against Australia but hasn't featured in a limited-overs international.
Morkel was included having recovered from a serious back injury which threatened to end his international career. The fast bowler hasn't played an ODI since June last year against West Indies.
AB de Villiers will captain top-ranked South Africa as they target a first limited-overs title since winning the 1998 Champions Trophy in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Steyn has been picked in the South Africa 'A' team to play three four-day games in England, also in June, after a succession of right shoulder injuries.
After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Steyn returned to action in the test series against Australia in November only to pull up again in the first test. He hasn't played in any form of the game since.
Steyn's planned return for the 'A' team will allow selectors to know if he's fit for the scheduled four-test series against England in July and August.
"Dale is very much on track from the shoulder injury that plagued him unfortunately last season," said team manager Mohamed Moosajee. "The plan at the moment is to get to him bowling full out or flat out in about a month's time."
Moosajee said Steyn is likely to feature in two of the three 'A' team games.
South Africa's ODI team will play three games against England as a warmup for the Champions Trophy, when the Proteas play Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India in Group B.
Watch every game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy live as part of an action-packed summer on Sky Sports, starting with England against Bangladesh on June 1.