Khaya Zondo and Dale Steyn will get an opportunity to push their claims for World Cup selection after being named in the Proteas team that will take on Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
The Proteas won the first match in Kimberley, but will be looking forward to batting first in the second ODI at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein (1.30pm start) after captain JP Duminy won the toss.
Zondo comes in for all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, who picked up an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, while Steyn gets his chance as Kagiso Rabada has been given a break.
“Wiaan felt some pain and discomfort in his left ankle at practice and has been withdrawn from the remainder of the ODI series,” team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.
“He will be assessed by an ankle and foot specialist in
Duminy told SuperSport at the toss: “It looks like a pretty good surface. Also, we want to try and test ourselves batting first, with a couple of new guys in the line-up. Give them a great opportunity to face some balls.”
With Mulder’s bowling not available, the skipper said he will bowl more overs as a result. But the main goal for the South Africans was to score big runs.
“There were a few areas we had a look at – more our execution on our batting. Yes, we still want that aggressive mindset in our batting, but it’s about the execution,” Duminy said.
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza will play in his 200th ODI in a city where he studied at the University of the Free State.
Teams For Bloemfontein
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy (captain), Khaya Zondo, Heinrich Klaasen, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.
Zimbabwe: Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, PJ Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara.
TOSS. @jpduminy21 wins the toss and elects to bat.
Dale Steyn and Khaya Zondo are the only changes, with Kagiso Rabada and Wiaan Mulder missing out.
SA XI: Duminy (c); Elgar; Markram; Hendricks; Zondo; Klaasen; Jonker; Phehlukwayo; Steyn; Tahir; Ngidi #ProteaFire #SAvZIM pic.twitter.com/2QokkR5REK