Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams back for Zimbabwe’s tours to South Africa, Bangladesh


Senior ODI Player
Dec 25, 2012
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The experienced trio of Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams has been named in Zimbabwe’s full-strength Test and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and South Africa from September to November.

Also adding to Zimbabwe’s hopes of competing hard are Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire, who have recovered from injury setbacks to join squads led by Hamilton Masakadza and including Elton Chigumbura, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano and Wellington Masakadza.

The offspinner John Nyumbu, who last played an ODI in 2015 and a Test in 2016 is part of the ODI and Test squads to tour Bangladesh.

Former Zimbabwe captain Taylor, Willams and Ervine missed Zimbabwe’s home T20I tri-series against Australia and Pakistan over the ongoing player-board fracas over non-payment of salaries. In late July, after Zimbabwe Cricket received funds from the ICC to ensure outstanding player and staff dues were paid, Taylor made himself available for selection. Zimbabwe’s players had been waiting for salaries for four months along with match fees backdates to August 2017.

Zimbabwe travel to South Africa to play three ODIs and three T20Is from September 30 to October 14, and then head to Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Tests. In South Africa, the ODIs will be held in Kimberly on September 30, Bloemfontein on October 3 and Paarl on October 6. The T20Is will be played at East London, Potchefstroom and Benoni on October 9, 12 and 14.

From Zimbabwe’s 15-man ODI squad, Ervine, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Donald Tiripano, Ryan Murray and Richard Ngarava will make way for Tarisai Musakanda, Chamu Chibhabha, Christopher Mpofu, Tendai Chisoro and Neville Madziva for the T20Is.

In Bangladesh, Zimbabwe will play ODIs on October 21 in Dhaka and on October 24 and 26 in the port city of Chittagong. The first Test is slated for November 3-7 in Sylhet and the second in Dhaka from November 11-15.

Nyumbu and Musakanda will replace Murray and Kamunhukamwe in the ODI squad, with Cephas Zhuwao also joining the side in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe’s Test squad includes Brian Chari and Regis Chakabva.

Zimbabwe ODI squad for South Africa: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Murray, Tendai Chatara

Zimbabwe T20I squad for South Africa: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Christopher Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named Warriors batsman Christiaan Jonker as a new cap in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the three-match ODI Series against Zimbabwe which starts at the end of this month.

The squad also features the return of fast bowler Dale Steyn after an injury-enforced layout, whose last appearance in this format was two years ago when he played in four of the five matches in the famous home series whitewash of Australia, as well as first choice spinner Imran Tahir who was rested for the recent Sri Lanka series and who has been in sparkling form in the current Caribbean Premier League T20 competition.

Quinton de Kock and David Miller are being rested to give the selectors the opportunity to explore other options in broadening the talent pool for the World Cup next year.

The selectors have also named teenage talent Matthew Breetzke to join the squad as a learning experience. He represented South Africa at this year’s ICC under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and had a good SA Emerging Tour to Sri Lanka.

The T20 Series will see the Proteas debut of bizhub Highveld Lions batsman Rassie van der Dussen and Warriors batsman Gihahn Cloete.

Faf du Plessis has been named in both squads, subject to fitness assessments. If he is unable to play in either of them, a replacement captain will be named nearer the time.

“Faf continues to make a recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered in Sri Lanka,” commented Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, Proteas manager and team doctor. “It is a week by week case and a call will be made in due course,” he added.

“The selection of Christiaan Jonker is part of the ongoing process of our Vision 2019,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “He had an outstanding debut in the T20 format against India and we want to see whether he can convert that finishing form into the longer white-ball format as well.

“We have also recalled Khaya Zondo to the ODI squad as another part of the pool broadening process. He had an outstanding quadrangular series for SA A in India against high quality opposition, scoring our only century and having a strike rate of 95.

“We still have ODI series after this one against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as we get closer to finalising our likely World Cup squad.

“We are resting Kagiso Rabada from the T20 Series as he has a very busy season ahead of them.

“Part of our selection strategy,” added Zondi, “has been to blood newcomers first at T20 level. We have done this in the past with the likes of Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Reeza Hendricks, Jonker and Junior Dala, and we are continuing that process with Gihahn Cloete and Rassie van der Dussen. Cloete was another to have a strike rate in excess of 90 for SA A in India while Van der Dussen has had an impressive run of form in recent T20 Franchise tournaments around the world.

“Another part of our strategy going forward is to identify exciting, young talent such as Matthew Breetzke and assimilate them into the Protea culture at a young age. We have done this successfully in the past with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Ngidi and Mulder, among others and this is a continuation of that process.

“Our national captain, Faf du Plessis, will be personally taking Breetzke under his wing,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Christiaan Jonker (Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lungisani Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).

Standard Bank Proteas T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Gihahn Cloete (Warriors), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Robbie Frylinck (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Imraan Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Christiaan Jonker (Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungisani Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).


September 30 : 10h00, 1st Momentum ODI, Diamond Oval, Kimberley (Day)
October 3 : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein (D/N)
October 6 : 13h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl (D/N)
October 9 : 18h00, 1st KFC T20 International, Buffalo Park, East London (D/N)
October 12 : 18h00, 2nd KFC T20 International, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom (D/N)
October 14 : 14h30, 3rd KFC T20 International, Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Day)