JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has kept faith with a winning formula by naming an unchanged squad for the 3-test series in England starting next month, Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday.
The 15-man squad is the same to the touring side that beat New Zea land 1-0 in a 3-test series in March.
The Protease are currently ranked number two in the world behind England and convener of selectors Andrew Hudson believes constancy and depth of squad have been the key ingredient to the team's success. The players fully deserve a vote of self-confidence after the outstanding manner in which they outplayed New Zea land away from home, Hudson said in a statement.
Consistency has also been one of the key pillars of our selection policy and this is also causal to our victory on the field. We are now building up brilliant depth in both the batting and bowling departments. Opening batsman Graeme Smith will again captain the side after recovering from ankle surgery.
Graeme has been outstanding both as our leading run scorer and as captain during our last 2 test tours of England and I have every confidence he will continue that form, Hudson added. The South Africa squad boasts a formidable pace attack spearhead by the world's top-ranked test bowler Dale Steyn, backed up by Vernon Philander, who has taken 51 wickets in just seven tests, and Morne Morkel.
The test series begins at the Oval on July 19 before moving to Headingly in Leeds on August 2. The series conclude with the last test at Lord's starting on August 16.
Following the tests, England and South Africa will play a Five ODI series and Three T20 internationals Matches.
SOUTH AFRICA TEAM
|Graeme Smith (captain)|
|Marchant de Lange|
|AB de Villiers|