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Olivier returns as SA name 21-member squad for India Tests





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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced a 21-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against India at home, starting from December 26.

Duanne Oliver has been called up into the squad and could make a Test comeback after an absence of almost three years.

Two new faces, seamer Sisanda Magala and top-order batter Ryan Rickelton were named in the squad who were both part of the ODI line-up that played in the series against Netherlands.

Wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock has also been called back for the all-important series. Opener Dean Elgar will lead the side while Temba Bavuma will serve as the vice-captain.

Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Rassie van der Dussen are some other prominent players in the squad and expectations are high from the veterans.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are expected to lead the bowling unit, with Lungi Ngidi included after recovering from Covid-19, two left-armers in Marco Jansen and Beuran Hendricks, and two right-arm options in Stuurman and Magala.

This is South Africa's first series in the 2021-2023 cycle of the World Test Championship, and first series at home

Squad for Test series against India:

Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.