Marco Jansen handed maiden call-up to the South African ODI squad

Marco Jansen handed maiden call-up to the South African ODI squad


Anrich Nortje still in rehab with hip injury

With key fast bowler Anrich Nortje still missing with a hip injury, South Africa have bolstered their fast-bowling attack for the upcoming three-match ODI series against India by calling up Marco Jansen. The 21-year old left-arm fast bowler made his international debut last week at the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, where picked up five wickets across the two innings, making good use of his 6’8″ frame on a pitch that offered quite a bit of uneven bounce.

Quinton de Kock, who is currently on paternity leave, will be back in time for the first ODI of the series on January 19. The South Africa wicketkeeper has retired from Test cricket to spend more time with his family but he remains committed to the team’s cause in limited-overs cricket.

Temba Bavuma captains a squad of 17 members which includes Wayne Parnell, who made his comeback to international cricket in November after a spell in England where he was a Kolpak player. Opener Zubayr Hamza, who scored a half-century on debut during the aborted series against Netherlands, has also been retained. But Junior Dala, Daryn Dupavillon, Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickleton and Khaya Zondo were all left out.

“For many of our players, it does not get bigger than playing against this powerhouse Indian team and this will be the biggest series of their young lives so far,” Cricket South Africa’s convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang said, “We are looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table and wish Temba (Bavuma) and Mark (Boucher) all the best for the series.”

These three matches – which begin on January 19 – are part of the ODI Super League which determines direct entry into the 2023 World Cup. South Africa are in ninth place on the points table with three wins from 10 games.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (capt), Keshav Maharaj (vice-capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne