South Africa rest Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn for first two Pakistan ODIs

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South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19: Proteas Rest Star Duo for First Two ODIs 

South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19: Proteas Rest Star Duo for First Two ODIs
Steyn sounds optimistic ahead of the World Cuo. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

South Africa has rested the star duo of Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn for the first two One-Day games against Pakistan, which begins on Saturday (January 19th) in Port Elizabeth. In their place, the hosts have called up opener Aiden Markram and fast bowler Duanne Olivier. The pair in the Tests had produced exceptional performances; also rising in the latest ICC Test Rankings.

South Africa name 14-man squad

In the 14-man squad for the first two ODIs against Pakistan, South Africa has named Dane Paterson and Rassie van der Dussen. Alongside them, the spin duo of Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi have been recalled as well. Meanwhile, Steyn during the third and final Test at the Wanderers, walked off the field, clutching his shoulders. Quinton de Kock, who scored a hundred in the second innings has bee given rest.

Aiden Markram, South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19
Aiden Markram has been added to the South Africa squad for the first two ODIs. Image Courtesy: Getty

Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier, the star performers for the hosts in Tests, earned the call-up purely on their performance. For Markram, he has a chance of reviving his Test career; as in 16 games played so far, the right-hander has scored only 407 runs, with a highest of 67. Olivier, on the other hand, had a tremendous Test series; picking up 24 wickets in three Tests.

Meanwhile, Durban will host the second game. While Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town are scheduled to host the remaining three games. South Africa is likely to announce the squad for final three days anytime soon. Given the current situation, Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn could return to the side; just to ensure their game practice leading into the 2019 World Cup.

Here is the squad –

Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier, Rassie van der Dussen

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