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South Africa retain squad for Test series against India

South Africa will take on India in a two-match Test series after the conclusion of the ODIs © AFP
South Africa will take on India in a two-match Test series after the conclusion of the ODIs © AFP

 

Durban: Dec 9, 2013 

 

South Africa have made no changes to their Test squad for the two-match series against India starting December 18, retaining the 15 who drew the away series against Pakistan in October.

 

Graeme Smith, who was released from the ODI squad to prepare for the Tests, will lead the side in the series starting December 18 in Johannesburg.

 

“We were very happy with the performance of the Proteas in the second Test match at Dubai. We see no need to change something that is operating well,” Andrew Hudson, the selection convener, said.

 

The South Africans are currently on a roll having beaten India in the first two ODIs of an ongoing three-match series.

 

The Test squad features four fast bowlers in Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt, and two spinners in Robin Peterson and Imran Tahir.

 

Thami Tsolekile is the reserve wicketkeeper in the side to back up AB de Villiers, who is currently leading the ODI team.

 

The second Test will be played in Durban, from December 26.

 

South Africa Test squad for India Test series:

 

Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile (wk).

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