Uncapped Shamsi, Rossouw earn Proteas Test call-ups


Uncapped spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and specialist batsman Rilee Rossouw have been included in South Africa's Test squad for the three-match Test series against Australia.

Shamsi took 3-36 as the Proteas beat Australia by six wickets in the fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, no doubt aiding his bid for selection.

He, along with fellow spinner Keshav Maharaj and Rossouw, is set for a debut in the first Test in Perth, which begins on November 3.

Faf Du Plessis will captain the side once again with AB De Villiers still sidelined with an elbow injury, though the batsman has stated his desire to feature in the third match in Adelaide.

Morne Morkel's return is subject to him coming through the Sunfoil Series match between the Titans and the Warriors which begins on Tuesday.

Dean Elgar is included after overcoming an injury while Rilee Rossouw could make his first Test appearance as a specialist batsman.

"Shamsi has made huge progress over the course of the last year in the longer format. He took 41 wickets at an average of less than 20 in seven matches in last season's Sunfoil Series and he certainly offers something different as an attacking spinner," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi.

"Maharaj is also right on top of his game. He took 13 wickets in the Sunfoil Series match at the weekend and also made a run-a-ball 72.

"Basically, we are following a horses for courses policy as we feel that spinners who turn the ball away from the right-hander are going to be particularly useful under Australian conditions and against the Test batsmen we are likely to face.

"I am excited about the cover we have in this area with a wrist spinner and a left-arm orthodox spinner with JP Duminy able to offer the right-arm variety as well.

"Rilee Rossouw has earned his batting place also with good form in last season's Sunfoil Series and he is also on top of his game at the moment."


South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas.