Batting all-rounder Wiaan Mulder has been included in South Africa’s squad for two Test matches against Sri Lanka, starting in Durban on Wednesday. — Agence-France Presse
JOHANNESBURG: Batting all-rounder Wiaan Mulder has been included in South Africa’s squad for two Test matches against Sri Lanka, starting in Durban on Wednesday.
Mulder, 20, was added to the 13-man squad which beat Pakistan in all three Tests in a home series earlier this season.
“Wiaan has been part of our strategic thinking in developing a batting all-rounder for the Test squad for some time,” said selection convener Linda Zondi in announcing the squad on Thursday.
Mulder was part of the Test squad for a series against Australia last season but did not make the starting eleven. He suffered an ankle injury during a one-day international against Zimbabwe last September but made a successful return to first-class cricket for the Lions franchise last month. A notable omission is fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained during a limited overs tour of Australia in November.
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