Throw away Netherlands chose to Cheers vs South Africa

Zubayr Hamza and Sisanda Magala were handed their ODI internationals when South Africa fielded a new team for their inaugural ODI against the Netherlands. There were recalls for Kolpak returning Wayne Parnell, wicketkeeper battleman Kyle Verreynne and middle-order batter Khaya Zondo. David Miller proved to be the most experienced player on the team after South Africa chose to rest six regular players, including captain Temba Bavuma, for this series.

The Netherlands made three changes from the last ODI they played against Ireland in June. Batter Colin Ackermann, all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe and fast-paced Brandon Glover, all born in South Africa, came on for Musa Ahmed, Ben Cooper and Logan van Beek respectively. Neither Cooper nor van Beek are part of the tour party. The other South African-born player in Holland’s XI is opening player Stephan Myburgh, who will partner with Max O’Dowd at the top of the row.

The event marks the start of South Africa’s home summer, which has been sown in doubt after a new Covid-19 variant was discovered by scientists in the country this week. Travel restrictions from several countries – including the UK and Singapore – have come into force immediately and Dutch administrators will meet with Cricket South Africa today to decide the fate of the rest of the series.

The fight also begins a new era in anti-racism demonstrations for South Africa. The CSA confirmed that the team will take a knee all summer after being told to do so at the T20 World Cup.

South Africa: 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Zubayr Hamza, 4 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 5 David Miller, 6 Khaya Zondo, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Keshav Maharaj (capt), 10 Sisanda Magala, 11 Tabra Tabra

Netherlands: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Scott Edwards (wk), 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Pieter Seelaar, 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Timm der Gugten, 9 Fred Klaasen, 10 Vivian Kingma, 11 Brandon Glover

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in South Africa



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