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World champions England return to one-day fold against revamped South Africa
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World champions England return to one-day fold against revamped South Africa

World champions England will return to the one-day fold when they kick off a three-match series against South Africa at the Newlands on Tuesday.

Both sides have made plenty of changes to their squads which participated in the global event in England last year.

Eight players from England will be seen in action, whereas South Africa, who were the first side to be eliminated from the World Cup, have retained only five members.

The first challenge for the home side and in particular, Quinton de Kock, will be how well he settles in on the captaincy duties. The change in this role was made as the selectors opted to rest Faf du Plessis for this series.

But it is confirmed that de Kock will be getting an extended run in this role as said by CSA’s Interim director of cricket Graeme Smith. Du Plessis is most likely to stay with the South African side till the T20I World Cup in Australia this year.

Following the extensive workload on cricketers these days, England have decided to rest Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for this series, after they were a part of the recent four-match Test series with the similar opposition.

Jofra Archer’s elbow problems kept him out for three Tests in the series and with the injury not sorted out yet, he is essentially ruled out of the three ODIs. Instead, England have opted to give young Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood a chance.

He was a part of the squad in the New Zealand T20Is and gives Eoin Morgan a chance to worry the opposition with that extra yard of pace. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson and Curran brothers are the other bowling options present in the squad.

South Africa have lost plenty of players due to retirement or other reasons including Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Imran Tahir. Star quick Kagiso Rabada has been rested for the series keeping in view the burnout fast bowlers face these days.

Janneman Malan, younger brother of Test opener Pieter, is considered to be one exciting batting prospects in the country, much Kyle Verreynne, who is the extra wicket-keeper in the squad. Temba Bavuma, after getting in and out of the Test side, might get an extended run in the side.

Lungi Ngidi, alongside Kagiso Rabada, was termed as one of the most exciting fast bowling prospects in the country but injury problems have held him back. This time around, he has worked incredibly hard on his fitness and will be leading the pace attack. Lutho Sipamla is another exciting prospect in the squad and South Africa will be banking on these two to ruffle a few feathers.


South Africa: Quinton de Kock (capt, wkt), Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wkt).

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes.