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South African Test skipper Faf du Plessis is all set for his first assignment as a full-time ODI captain when he takes charge of an inexperienced South African squad who will be playing without several senior bowlers for the three-match series against Bangladesh starting from next Tuesday. Spearhead Morne Morkel is on the list of those unavailable players for the series. Meanwhile, the absence of some senior bowlers turned out to be someone’s gain as Dane Paterson received a maiden call-up in the limited overs format after he was also included in the Test squad as a replacement for Morkel.
Paterson who plays domestic cricket for the Cobras is a fast bowler who has represented the nation tea in 4 T20I’s, the most recent against England in the last winter. He scalped four wickets in the final match conceding just 32 runs, and the selectors are especially impressed with his ability to bowl in the death overs.
“Dane did very well in the T20 International Series against England earlier this year, particularly when it came to death bowling. We now want to see if he can do a similar job in the 50 overs format,” Linda Zondi, South Africa’s Convenor of Selectors was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
The bowling attack will be led by Kagiso Rabada while all-rounder Wayne Parnell and Andile Phehlukwayo will be the other seamers in the squad. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir is the only specialist spinner in the group. Chris Morris-a promising all-rounder is yet to recover from the back problem which he sustained during the Champions Trophy.
The batting line-up will be bolstered by the return of AB de Villiers after he made himself available for all three formats of the game. JP Duminy who recently called it quits from Test cricket will be part of the middle order with the likes of David Miller and Farhaan Behardien. South Africa should look to take the series as the stepping stone for their preparation of the 2019 World Cup.
ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (capt.), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada