Johannesburg, Sep 10: South Africa today named 3 spinners in their Test squad for the 4-match Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series (Freedom Trophy) against India.
On their tour to India, South Africa will play 3 Twenty20 Internationals, 5 One Day Internationals and 4 Tests. The tour starts with a T20 warm-up match in Delhi on September 29.
Also, the Proteas T20I and ODI squads were announced on Thursday. AB de Villiers will lead in the 50-over format while Faf du Plessis is the skipper of the T20 side.
"We want to keep all our options open for the Test Series. We also have JP Duminy as an option in this department and I believe we have covered all our bases by having both holding and attacking spin options in our squad. It is good to have Dane back from his injury and Imran was our No. 1 spinner for our last Test series on the sub-continent against Sri Lanka," Cricket South Africa's (CSA) selection convener, Linda Zondi, said.
"Rilee Rossouw has been ruled out of the T20 squad through injury but should return to full fitness in time for the ODI series. His place in the T20 squad will be taken by new cap, Khaya Zondo," CSA said.
South Africa squads for India tour
Tests: Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers (vice-captain), Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas (wicketkeeper).
ODIs: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.
T20s: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese (injured), Albie Morkel (replacement for Wiese), Khaya Zondo.
Warm-up and Twenty20 Internationals
September 29 (Thursday): T20 warm-up, New Delhi
October 2 (Friday): 1st T20I, Dharamsala
October 5 (Monday): 2nd T20I, Cuttack
October 8 (Thursday): 3rd T20I, Kolkata
One Day Internationals
October 11 (Sunday): 1st ODI, Kanpur
October 14 (Wednesday): 2nd ODI, Indore
October 18 (Sunday): 3rd ODI, Rajkot
October 22 (Thursday): 4th ODI, Chennai
October 25 (Sunday): 5th ODI, Mumbai
Warm-up and Test matches
October 30-31 (Friday to Saturday): Tour game - South Africa Vs Board President's XI, Mumbai
November 5-9 (Thursday to Monday): 1st Test, Mohali
November 14-18 (Saturday to Wednesday): 2nd Test, Bengaluru
November 25-29 (Wednesday to Sunday): 3rd Test, Nagpur
December 3-7 (Thursday to Monday): 4th Test, New Delhi