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Steyn returns to South Africa's squad for England T20Is
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Steyn returns to South Africa's squad for England T20Is

Dale Steyn has been picked in South Africa’s T20I squad which will face England in a three-match series.

Steyn last played an international game against Sri Lanka in 2019 and has been out of the action since battling shoulder injury.

Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada have been rested from the squad led by Quinton de Kock. South Africa have also decided to pick Pite van Biljon and pacer Sisanda Magala in the squad as they continue to ponder over options ahead of the T20 World Cup this year.

Magala’s selection will be subject to fitness test ahead of the first game, it was confirmed by CSA.

"We have once again taken the opportunity to reward some of the hard workers of our domestic franchise system while some of our key senior players continue with their much-needed rest period," said Graeme Smith, acting Director of Cricket.

"We have again put our faith in Quinton to lead this group of exciting cricketers, picking up where he left off in India where he showed exemplary leadership.

"England have of course announced a competitive team and we are comfortable that we have the squad that can take them on and return positive results. With a T20 World Cup not too far away, we have begun the process of identifying several players whom we will be looking at over a period of time and hope that by the time September comes along, we will have the best possible squad of 15 representing South Africa."

"The squad we have selected is a good indicator of the talent that we boast in our country. CSA believes in rewarding hard work and consistently good performances that have been put in by players over a period of time," selector Linda Zondi said in a statement.

"We are also pleased to give extended opportunities to players who have performed well within the national team as our show of commitment to them."

The three-match T20I series will start from February 12.

Squad: Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.