South Africa announced a 21-member lineup on Tuesday to participate in the three test series against India at home starting on December 26. The series will be part of the new of the ICC World Test Championship and will be held at three venues-SuperSport Park in Centurion (Test 1), Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg (Test 2) and Cape Town’s Newlands (test 3). Anrich Nortje is included in the team, while pacemaker Sisanda Magala and goalkeeper and batsman Ryan Rickelton are the new faces of the team.

“The national selection team is with the core team that successfully visited the West Indies in June this year and includes three other people,” the South African cricket team said in a media statement.

Experienced activists Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock are also members of the team, and Duanne Olivier also found a place. The last time he represented South Africa in the test against Sri Lanka in Gqeberha in February 2019.

“We are really looking forward to the return of Dean Elgar and his men. It has been several months since we last saw them dominate the West Indies. We have full confidence in the team we have chosen and are fully I believe to support the talents we have discovered and cultivated in the past few seasons, and give players the support they deserve when they continue to perform well for a long time,” said CSA Selector Convener Victor Mpitsang.

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“This test series is also important for getting some points in the test championship table. We believe this group will start from where they left off and give us a good show locally,” he added.

South Africa Test Team vs. India: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (deputy captain), Quinton de Kock (goalkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Norsen, Keegan Peter Racy van der Dusen, Kyle Verrion, Marco Jensen, Glenton Stuhlman, Prenelan Subrein, Sisonda Magala, Ray En Rickleton, Duanne Olivier

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