Uncapped middle-order batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been named in the South Africa’s limited-overs squad for the first two games of the one-day series against Pakistan that begins from 19th January.
Van der Dussen has been in phenomenal form and topped the batting charts in the recently concluded Mzansi Super League T20 competition. Last year, he made his T20 debut for South Africa against Zimbabwe played at home.
South Africa will play five-one-day games and Pakistan and then five against Sri Lanka in order to adequately prepare for this year’s Cricket World Cup that will be played in England in May. Chief Selector Linda Zondi said that we are trying various combinations to exactly know which players will be selected for the Cricket World Cup.
Head Coach Ottis Gibson said that South Africa will need to produce their best against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in order to have adequate preparation for the World Cup that will begin from 30th May in England.
There are still many issues that need to be resolved as South Africa will certainly want to zero-in on their first-choice all-rounder for the Cricket World Cup. Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius have put in decent performances but selectors have also tried other options in Chris Morris, Christiaan Jonker and Wiann Mulder.
Linda Zondi, who is chief selector for Cricket South Africa stated that Dane Paterson and Rassie Van der Dussen have done exceedingly well over the past couple of years and are making their stronger for national selection across all three formats. He also stated that with JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi ruled out due to injuries, other players might also picked up for the final three games of the one-day series against Pakistan.
South Africa’s ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen.