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11-Feb-2016 05:08:00 GMT
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Steyn in South Africa Squad for World T20

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa's (CSA) National Selection Panel on Wednesday named the 15-man Oxigen Proteas squad to compete at the ICC World Twenty20 to be played in India next month.

South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.

Steyn, a key component of the South African bowling line-up, has missed most of the 2015/16 season with first a groin strain and then a shoulder problem that has required intensive treatment.

"Dale's return is very good news," convenor of selectors Linda Zondi said in a media release from Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.

"He brings tremendous experience and leadership to the team, not to mention his skills as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation."

The side will be captained by Faf du Plessis, who takes over from test and one-day international skipper AB de Villiers.

Young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who impressed in the test series against England, has earned his place in India while there are also places for batsman Rilee Rossouw and all-rounder David Wiese, who missed South Africa's last series in India late last year through injury.

Aaron Phangiso has also been preferred to Eddie Leie as the second specialist spin bowler.

The same squad will do duty in the upcoming series against England and Australia during the course of the next four weeks.

South Africa open their World Twenty20 campaign against England on March 18. They will also play Sri Lanka and West Indies in their pool, along with the top side in the first round group that contains Scotland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

Oxigen Proteas T20 squad for England Series and World T20:

  • Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans, capt)
  • Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins)
  • Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras)
  • Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans)
  • Quinton de Kock (The Unlimited Titans, wk)
  • AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans)
  • JP Duminy (Cape Cobras)
  • Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins)
  • David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins)
  • Chris Morris (The Unlimited Titans)
  • Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  • Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  • Rilee Rossouw (VKB Knights)
  • Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras)
  • David Wiese (The Unlimited Titans)

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