South Africa, on Wednesday, announced the addition of fast-bowler Migael Pretorius to their squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. The series is scheduled to start on Boxing Day. The right-arm has earned his maiden Test call-up.
The 25-year old has earned the call after impressing in the ongoing season. Pretorius, who plies his trade for VKB Knights, is currently third in the list of top wicket-takers, with 19 strikes in five matches, with best match returns of 7 for 102, achieved against the Dolphins last month. Overall, he has 121 first-class wickets, as well as an average of 25.44 with the bat.
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“We’re pleased to include Migael in the Proteas Test squad for the Sri Lanka series. We’re big on rewarding consistently good work and the player has done a lot to make a case for himself,” CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang said.
“We hope that this experience will be a great learning one for him and that this can serve as encouragement for players across the country, showing them that their chances may not be as far off as they think,” Mpitsang added.
In another development, CSA confirmed that Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius have not yet been medically cleared to participate in the series. South Africa had earlier handed out maiden call-ups to Sarel Erwee, Kyle Verreynne and Glenton Stuurman. The Proteas will assemble in Pretoria on Saturday, 19 December to begin their preparation.
The upcoming series will be South Africa’s first since the home series against England at the start of the year. The Proteas recently played their first series amid the pandemic when the hosted England for three ODIs and as many T20Is. Unfortunately, the ODI series was called off due to COVID-19 cases.
South Africa Test squad:
Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Sarel Erwee, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Kyle Verreynne, Migael Pretorius