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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 ICC Champions Trophy - South Africa announce 15-man squad

Indian-origin left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj has been included in the 15-man Proteas squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday.
The squad will play three ODIs against England starting with the first match at Headingley in Leeds on May 24th, before their first group match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka at the Oval on June 3.
The 26-year-old Maharaj has had an impressive debut season for the Test squad, and comes into the squad to bolster the spin options alongside Imran Tahir.

South Africa has had a mixed time at the ICC Champions Trophy over the years. While it won the inaugural edition of the tournament, then called the ICC KnockOut Trophy, in Bangladesh in 1998, it has only managed to get as far as the semi-finals since, in 2002, 2006 and 2013.

The squad will leave for England on May 16 and begin preprations with two 50-over tour matches against Sussex and Northamptonshire.

Squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel.

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