Updates and details for South Africa picks Morkel and Maharaj for ICC Champions Trophy 2017:
South Africa have recalled fast bowler Morne Morkel and included the uncapped spinner Keshav Maharaj in their squad for the Champions Trophy. Maharaj, who made a successful debut for South Africa during the recent Test season, is the only player in the 15-man squad who has not played in a one-day international.
Morkel has not played an ODI since June 2016 but made an encouraging return from the back injury that had threatened his career during the Tests against New Zealand, taking 11 wickets at 26.72 during the three matches. He will provide added experience in a squad that will rely on Kagiso Rabada as the attack spearhead.
Maharaj has won his maiden ODI call up, edging out left-arm wristspinner Shamsi as support for Imran Tahir, after impressing with the Test side. He was the series leading wicket-taker, with 15, in New Zealand, which included match figures of 8 for 87 to set up victory in Wellington.
South Africa’s tour of England will begin in May, with three ODIs leading into the Champions Trophy. They are currently the No. 1-ranked one-day side, having won 3-2 in New Zealand, and have the top-ranked batsman and bowler in de Villiers and Tahir.