Proteas unchanged for Zim tour

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa have retained their victorious Test squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare starting August 9.South Africa regained their No.1 Test ranking after three months when they beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the two-Test series that concluded on Monday.

It was Hashim Amla's first Test series as full-time captain, following the retirement of Graeme Smith. South Africa will play a three-match bilateral ODI series with Zimbabwe following the Test and stay back for a tri-series, also involving Australia.

"The Proteas have earned a vote of confidence," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"We will be naming the ODI squad for the three-match series against Zimbabwe next week and will give consideration to resting a couple of players.

"We will, however, be sending our full-strength ODI squad for the following triangular series against Zimbabwe and Australia."

South Africa last played a Test series in Zimbabwe back in 2001 and will follow the contest with a three-match one-day international series from August 17-21.

They will remain in the country for a 50-over triangular series, also involving Australia, starting on August 25. - Cricinfo

South Africa Test squad: Hashim Amla (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, capt), AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, vice-capt), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras).

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