Proteas recall Simon Harmer

Simon HarmerFile image: Simon Harmer.

Spinner Simon Harmer has been included in South Africa’s Test squad for next month’s tour of New Zealand.

Harmer played five Tests in 2015 before pursuing a career in the United Kingdom.

All-rounder George Linde is getting married soon and is unavailable for the tour.

Spinner Prenelan Subrayen and fast bowler Anrich Nortje have been sidelined by a groin injury.

Fast bowler Lutho Sipamla has also been recalled.

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Proteas squad for Test series against NZ

  1. Dean Elgar (captain)
  2. Temba Bavuma (vice-captain)
  3. Sarel Erwee
  4. Simon Harmer
  5. Marco Jansen
  6. Keshav Maharaj
  7. Aiden Markram
  8. Wiaan Mulder
  9. Lungi Ngidi
  10. Duanne Olivier
  11. Keegan Petersen
  12. Kagiso Rabada
  13. Ryan Rickelton
  14. Lutho Sipamla
  15. Glenton Stuurman
  16. Rassie van der Dussen
  17. Kyle Verreynne

What convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang said

“The national selection panel and I are pleased to see the Test team playing more cricket and we are looking forward to watching them perform in what we hope will be another scintillating series, this time, against the ICC World Test champions, the Black Caps,” said Mpitsang.

“Our Test team has been successful under the strong leadership of Dean and his deputy Temba, and have returned good results in recent times. We are confident that they will continue in the same vein, as they head off to New Zealand.

“The inclusions of Simon and Lutho reaffirm our intentions as a panel, to reward excellence on the field and the pair have let their work speak on their behalf this past season.”

New Zealand and South Africa will meet for two Tests. Both will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

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