Dale Steyn (left) and AB de Villiers have not played Test cricket for over a year now    Getty Images (File Photo)
Dale Steyn (left) and AB de Villiers have not played Test cricket for over a year now Getty Images (File Photo)

After missing out of competitve cricket for over a year, Dale Steyn will be returning to the longest format of the game. He will play for South Africa Invitation XI in a three-day warm-up tie against Zimbabwe. The match will be a day-night affair, at Boland Park in Paarl. Steyn will play alongside AB de Villiers, who will make a comeback to the format after over a year and a half. Chris Morris and Temba Bavuma too will be a part of the South African side. South Africa and Zimbabwe will play in the first-ever four-day, day-night Test match to be held at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth from December 26. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2017-18, one-off four-day day-night Test at Port Elizabeth

On Steyn’s comeback in the longer format

“Chris [Morris] and Dale both missed the first five rounds of the Sunfoil Series through injury while AB was only available for one match. This is an ideal opportunity for all three to get back into the multi-day arena. Temba only got limited batting time during the Test series against Bangladesh because of the dominance of our top order and we feel he will benefit from spending more time in the middle,” said South Africa’s selection convener Linda Zondi, as reported by Cricbuzz.

AB de Villiers can play 3-day warm-up tie against Zimbabwe in pursuit of Test comeback
AB de Villiers can play 3-day warm-up tie against Zimbabwe in pursuit of Test comeback

“These matches also provide opportunities to explore our talent development pipeline. We were very pleased with the way a similar squad performed against Bangladesh when they managed to lead on the first innings with Michael Cohen, Shaun von Berg and Zubayr Hamza being among those who excelled and they will all get another opportunity.”

SA Invitation XI squad: Dominic Hendricks (c), Temba Bavuma, Tladi Bokako, Michael Cohen, AB de Villiers, Isaac Dikgale, Leus du Plooy, Zubayr Hamza, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rapulana, Kelly Smuts, Dale Steyn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Shaun von Berg, Lizaad Williams.