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South Africa ignore veteran Steyn for England white ball series

Johannesburg, Friday: Fast bowler Dale Steyn was a notable omission from a 24-man South African squad announced in Johannesburg on Friday for two white-ball series against England, starting on November 27.

Steyn, 37, retired from Test cricket in August 2019 as South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker in the five-day format, but said he remained available for limited overs internationals.

He played in two Twenty20 internationals against England and one against Australia during the 2019/20 season and was expected to feature in the ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled for Australia in October and November this year. The tournament was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Cricket South Africa statement announcing the squad made no reference to Steyn’s absence.

Steyn is a member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in the current Indian Premier League but played in only three of the team’s league fixtures, taking one wicket for 133 runs and conceding 11.40 runs an over.

The 24 players include most of South Africa’s current limited overs international players, with only one uncapped player, fast bowler Glenton Stuurman, in the squad.

South Africa squad

Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne. - AFP