Proteas Pick Spin-Heavy Test Squad vs India; Tahir, Piedt Recalled

South Africa announced their squads for the 3 T20, 5 ODI and 4 Test match series vs India starting October 2.

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The Proteas are set to travel across India for an exhaustive three T20, five ODI and four Test match series starting from the second of October. While the Indian selectors have chosen to wait till the India A vs Bangladesh A ODI series next week to make their decision, their South African counterparts announced the squads earlier today.

For the Test series that starts on the seventh of November, veteran spinner Imran Tahir and Dane Piedt returned to the squad to join incumbent Simon Harmer for a three-pronged spin attack.

We want to keep all our options open for the Test Series. We also have JP Duminy as an option in this department and I believe we have covered all our bases by having both holding and attacking spin options in our squad. It is good to have Dane back from his injury and Imran was our No. 1 spinner for our last Test series on the sub-continent against Sri Lanka.
– Linda Zondi, CSA selection convener

Zondi also confirmed that Dane Vilas would retain the gloves in the test whites..

It is very important that we maintain consistency in our selections and Dane hardly had the chance to make his mark in Bangladesh where the series was so badly disrupted by the weather.
– Linda Zondi, CSA selection convener

Tahir also returns to the Proteas T20 squad in place of Aaron Phangiso while there are also recalls for Chris Morris and Marchant de Lange.

Imran is our No. 1 bowler in the T20 format and we need him to play every series between now and the ICC tournament while Eddie Leie will be our second spinner as we want to have another look at what he can do.
– Linda Zondi, CSA selection convener

Test squad: Hashim Amla (capt), AB de Villiers (vice-capt), Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl), Dane Vilas.

ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese, Khaya Zondo.

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