South Africa vs England, second test: race odds for the test team cloud South Africa's team
CAPE CITY: The complexity of the transformation process in South African cricket, amid the desire of a racially diverse team that best represents the country, will be highlighted again on Thursday when the selectors choose their side for the second Test against England.
The formerly white cricket team in South Africa has changed dramatically in the last three decades, but there is still a quota goal in team selection to correct the imbalances of the country's apartheid era.
At least two black players and four other mixed and Indian communities in South Africa must play, but the first Test last week had two new limited white players, while another is expected to debut on Friday in the second Test in Newlands.
The goal of the quota fell short by two players in Pretoria after Temba Bavuma He suffered a hip injury and was replaced by debutant Rassie van der Dussen, who now seeks to retain his place as the No. 5 hitter while Bavuma struggles with his fitness.
Dwaine Pretorius was chosen to fill the off-road berth on the side, ahead of Andile Phehlukwayo , who has played in four tests and 52 international one day.
Meeting the quota requirements while forming a competitive team has been a sensitive issue for a long time, but after a poor 2019, returning to the winning forms seems to be the immediate priority of the four selectors, two of which are black .
Sunday's first test victory halted a series of five successive losses, but joined the criticism of too many targets in high-ranking positions in and around the team after the recent shake of Cricket South Africa .
At the top of the order, coach Mark boucher has already said Pieter Malan Most likely, he made his debut on Friday instead of Aiden Markram, who underwent surgery this week with a broken finger, which could generate more controversy.
Keegan Petersen, who is of mixed race, was called to replace Markram on the team, but Boucher said: For us, playing with the opening position would not be smart.
Pieter Malan has done a lot of good work over a long period of time. It's his home ground. At the moment, we are swinging towards having a straight swap for the opening batsman.
We understand the transformation and understand that we need to do a lot of hard work on many players, especially in all aspects, Boucher added.