South Africa remembers Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen for the India ODI tour

CAPE CITY: Left Arm Spinner George Linde received his first call while the former captain of South Africa Faf du Plessis He returned to the side for the three ODIs in India, starting March 12 in Dharamsala.

Linde had made his Test debut during the tour of India last October.

The 15-man team also sees the return of rested players, du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen to reinforce the batting lineup and retention of newcomer Kyle Verreynne who impressed the selectors with his score of 48 out of 64 in his debut against Australia at Paarl on Saturday.

Du Plessis has not played an ODI since the disappointing South Africa World Cup campaign under his leadership. Keshav Maharaj and Lutho Sipamla are also among the retained players.

The selections are a continuation of Cricket South Africa's (CSA) search for the next generation of Proteas who will potentially represent the country in the 2023 ICC World Cup in India...," Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

It is also a good opportunity for the selected players to raise their hands and demonstrate what they are capable of in the difficult game conditions of India, he added.

Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was not available for selection as he and his wife Khadija are anticipating the birth of their first child. The Kagiso Rabada pacemaker was not available due to a groin strain.

South Africa had toured India for three tests and the most T20 last year. They drew the T20 series before being hit in the tests.

The CSA independent coach Linda Zondi expressed the pleasure of the panel in her chosen team, as she continues the reconstruction of the team after the loss of several high-level players in the last 18 months.

It's exciting to see the amount of competition for the places we have within the team and in the franchises, it's a good headache for us as selectors, he said.

We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We saw some promising performances last year from the T20 squad that traveled there and we wanted to give a player like George Linde another crack at the conditions which seemed to really suit him, added Zondi.

The escuadron : Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje , George Linde, Keshav Maharaj.

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