AB de Villiers Back in South Africa ODI Squad as Captain For Sri Lanka Series

Updated: 24 January 2017 10:28 IST

AB de Villiers, who has been out of action for six months owing to an elbow injury, will regain the captaincy from Faf du Plessis

AB de Villiers Back in South Africa ODI Squad as Captain For Sri Lanka Series
AB de Villiers had been out of action due to an elbow injury. © AFP

South Africa's batting talisman AB de Villiers has returned the country's One-Day International (ODI) squad as captain for the five-match series against Sri Lanka starting in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. De Villiers, who has been out of action for six months owing to an elbow injury, will regain the captaincy from Faf du Plessis, who had been the skipper in his absence, and had famously led the Proteas to a 5-0 clean sweep series win over Australia in a five-match series in October last year.

Du Plessis has subsequently been named South Africa's long-term Test captain.

De Villiers will make his international comeback in the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in Cape Town on Wednesday before resuming his one-day international career. He had last played an ODI in June 2016, prior to sustaining the elbow injury.

Also back in the one-day squad after a long injury lay-off is all-rounder Chris Morris. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is the only newcomer to one-day internationals after taking six wickets in the first two Twenty20 internationals.

Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were not considered because of injury. Steyn continues his recovery from a shoulder surgery, while team-mate Morkel is still sidelined with a back injury.

South Africa's squad for the first three one-day internationals vs Sri Lanka: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.

(With inputs from AFP)

Topics : Cricket South Africa Sri Lanka AB de Villiers Faf du Plessis
Highlights
  • AB de Villiers is set to return to the South Africa ODI team
  • De Villiers last played an ODI in June 2016
  • All-rounder Chris Morris is also back in the team
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