Morne Morkel included in South Africa's Champions Trophy squad

Morne Morkel has been included in ODI squad after almost one year
Morne Morkel has been included in ODI squad after almost one year

Titans fast bowler Morne Morkel has been recalled into the South African squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 tournament that kicks-off in June.

Morkel, last played in an ODI game for South Africa in June last year and was troubled with a bulging disc in his back that kept him out of action for the remainder of the year.

However, the 32-year-old made a successful return in the recently concluded Test series in New Zealand where he picked 11 wickets from four innings, thereby earning a recall in the all-important Champions Trophy.

Also left-arm-spinner Keshav Maharaj has been called-up following his successful performances in New Zealand taking the place of wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Maharaj will be accompanied by Imran Tahir as the only other spinner in the squad.

AB de Villiers will continue to lead the squad despite injury concerns while Quinton de Kock has been backed to recover from a finger injury that he sustained against New Zealand.

Cricket South Africa convener of selector Linda Zondi stated that the squad was picked from the core group of the players that was selected over the last one year.

"We have been working with this group of players for the last two seasons where our key emphasis has been consistency in selection," he said in media statement.

"That has shown in how this group has performed over the last while, which has resulted in winning three consecutive ODI series."

South Africa will begin their campaign with a Group B clash against Sri Lanka on 3rd June at Kennington Oval.

South Africa squad for Champions Trophy:

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

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