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AB de Villiers returns to South Africa squad for Sri Lanka ODI series

AB de Villiers scored a century on his comeback first-class game
AB de Villiers scored a century on his comeback first-class game

South African team have received a major boost ahead of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka with AB de Villiers making a return to the national team after six months.

De Villiers last played for Proteas during the tri-nation series clash against West Indies in Bridgetown in June last year following which an elbow injury has restricted his availability.

However, he made a stunning comeback for Northerns in the List A game against Easterns during which he slammed an unbeaten 134 off 102 deliveries which included 19 fours and three sixes to seal a comfortable eight-wicket win for his team.

With Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn continuing their rehabilitation process from their respective injuries, the selectors have called up Titans speedster Lungi Ngidi.

Ngidi, who recently made his international debut during the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka has picked six wickets from two games and will now look to open his account in the 50-over format as well while all-rounder Chris Morris also returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury.

Kyle Abbott and Rillee Rossouw, who were part of the last ODI squad were not considered for selection after they signed Kolpak deals with English county club Hampshire.

The teams are scheduled to play five-match ODI series between 28th January and 10th February.

South Africa squad:

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

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