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South Africa drop Stiaan van Zyl for Centurion Test

South Africa drop Stiaan van Zyl for Centurion Test
Stiaan van Zyl scored just 69 runs from the three Tests against England.
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South African batsman Stiaan van Zyl has been dropped for the fourth and final Test against England in Centurion while Dale Steyn has also been ruled out of the game.

Van Zyl, who has been South Africa’s opening batsman in eight Test matches till now, averages 15.60 at the top of the order with just 156 runs from 11 innings.

This development means that uncapped Highveld Lions opening batsman Stephen Cook is in line for a Test debut in Centurion.

Meanwhile, Steyn has failed to recover from his shoulder injury and a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release stated that the current plan is to get their premier fast-bowler fit for the One-Day International series against England.

“Dale Steyn has not recovered from a shoulder injury and will not be available for selection for the last Test, and all efforts will be made to have him ready for the one-day international series starting at the end of the month,” said the CSA release.

Having lost their hold on the pole position in the Test team rankings, South Africa will aim to claim the second spot by winning the fourth match against England in Centurion.

A draw in the fourth Test will see South Africa drop to the third position while a defeat will push them down to the fourth spot while England will finish fifth irrespective of the outcome of the final match.

South Africa squad for final Test: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Hardus Viljoen 

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