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Morne Morkel included in South Africa Test squad for New Zealand series

Morne Morkel last played a Test in January 2016
Morne Morkel last played a Test in January 2016
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Titans fast bowler Morne Morkel has made a comeback to the South Africa Test squad that will feature in a three-match Test series against New Zealand next month.

The 32-year-old has recovered from a serious ankle injury and featured in three warm-up games in the recent tour of Australia but failed to find a place in any of the three Tests with South Africa opting for Kyle Abbott.

However, with Abbott now signing a Kolpak deal and Dale Steyn yet to recover from the injury he sustained in the Perth Test against Australia, South Africa have gone back to the lanky pacer, who will be part of the seam attack which has Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Duanne Olivier and all-rounder Chris Morris.

The selectors have also called-up uncapped wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen to the squad as a cover to Quinton de Kock as AB de Villiers has opted out of the series to gain more fitness for the longer format of the game.

The three Tests will be played between 8th and 29th March in Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton.

South Africa squad for New Zealand Test series:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Theunis de Bruyn, Heinrich Klaasen, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris

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