Altius United Cricket Club’s Dane Piedt, Western Province Cricket Club’s Dane Vilas and Madibaz Cricket Club’s Simon Harmer have been named in South Africa’s squad for November and December’s four-Test series against India.
Off-spinner Piedt clinched a resounding eight wickets on Test debut against Zimbabwe in August 2014, but was later sidelined by injury.
His return to competitive cricket, since, featured a key role in United’s title-winning campaign in the Western Province Cricket Association’s Grand Challenge Cup.
When not playing alongside Piedt for the Cape Cobras, wicketkeeper-batsman Vilas remains a stalwart at WPCC, who are represented in the WPCA premier league, reserve league A, B and G – and third division A.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University-based Madibaz Cricket Club, meanwhile, recently honoured off-spinner Harmer for being the first Test cricketer to be selected from the educational institution since its 2005 merger.
Test squad: Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.
ODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.
T20I squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese, Khaya Zondo.