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South Africa called up off-spinner Simon Harmer for the Tests tour of New Zealand

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Highlights

  • Simon Harmer has returned to the South African team after 6 years.
  • Simon Harmer was last seen playing in a Test against India in November 2015.
  • Harmer has returned in place of all-rounder George Linde.

Johannesburg| South Africa on Wednesday named off-spinner Simon Harmer in their squad for the two-match Test tour of New Zealand. The 32-year-old Harmer made his last of five Test appearances against India in Nagpur in November 2015, and pacer Lutho Sipmala has also been included in the squad that leaves for New Zealand on February 17.

All-rounder George Linde was not available to take part in the tour due to his marriage, so Harmer returned. Prenelan Subrian is also not available for selection due to injury.

“Simon Harmer and Lutho Sipamla were included in the squad to put a better side on the field, and the pair performed well for their side last season,” said Viktor Mpitsang, CSA’s coordinator of selectors.

He added, “The national selection panel and I are delighted to see the Test team playing more cricket and we look forward to seeing them perform well this time against the ICC World Test Champions Blackcaps.”

Both Tests are a part of the new season of the ICC World Test Championship, with New Zealand on red alert especially to mitigate the COVID-19 risk. The first Test will be held at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, while the second Test is scheduled to be held at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

CSA said, “Our Test team has been successful under the strong leadership of Dean Elgar and his vice-captain Temba Bavuma and has produced good results in recent times. We are confident that they will continue the same way when they leave for New Zealand. Wishing the team all the very best for the series and a safe journey.”

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