NEWSNeil Brand captains makeshift South Africa Test squad to New Zealand
With the tour clashing with the SA20, many of the first-choice players, including all of the bowling attack, is missing
Neil Brand is yet to play any Test cricket and averages 39.27 from 51 first-class matches • Cricket South Africa
The uncapped opening batter Neil Brand has been named as South Africa's captain for their two-Test tour to New Zealand, which starts in late January, and clashes with the SA20. South Africa will travel with a makeshift squad which features only three players that are part of the ongoing series against India: Keegan Petersen, David Bedingham, and Zubayr Hamza, who was added as a replacement following Temba Bavuma's hamstring injury. None of the first-choice bowling attack are available for the series.
The bulk of the squad currently playing the India series will be unavailable because they will be involved with the SA20 which begins on January 10. That ruled out Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Tristan Stubbs, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen,Tony Zorzi, Nandre Burger, Wiaan Mulder, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj.
Dean Elgar will not be involved in the T20 tournament but he is retiring from Test cricket in the New Year.
Red-ball coach Shukri Conrad's plans were dealt a last-minute blow as well when Durban's Super Giants signed Tony de Zorzi, who was slated to open the batting for South Africa in New Zealand, on Thursday morning. South Africa have still put together a squad with eight capped Test players, who have 50 games between them. Seamer Duanne Olivier, who played 15 Tests between 2017 and 2022 is the most experienced, followed by Petersen (12).
South Africa Test squad: Neil Brand (capt), David Bedingham, Ruan de Swardt, Clyde Fortuin, Zubayr Hamza, Tshepo Moreki, Mihlali Mpongwana, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Dane Piedt, Raynard van Tonder, Shaun von Berg, Khaya Zondo and Edward Moore. ( also Un-capped)
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Nz test team for South Africa tour
Tim Southee (capt), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Will O'Rourke (second test only), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young
South Africa 339/5d (81.2)
Neil BrandRetired hurt
Edward Moorec MW Chu b L Georgeson
Raynard van TonderRetired hurt
Zubayr HamzaRetired hurt
Keegan PetersenRetired hurt
David Bedingham 4 runs
Khaya ZondoRetired hurt
Ruan de SwardtRetired hurt
Chu b D Foxcroft
Tangiwai Shield, commemorating 1953 rail disaster, to go to winners of NZ vs SA Test series
The trophy commemorates the tragic Tangiwai train disaster of 1953 where 151 people, including the fiance of NZ fast bowler Bob Blair, lost their lives
02-Feb-2024 credit to them
The Tangiwai Shield, the series trophy for New Zealand vs South Africa Tests •
All New Zealand and South Africa Test series will now be played for the Tangiwai Shield, starting with the two-match Test series that's set to begin on February 4 in Mount Maunganui. The trophy commemorates the tragic events of 1953, when 151 people on the train from Wellington to Auckland on Christmas eve - including Nerissa Love, the fiancé of New Zealand fast bowler Bob Blair - lost their lives in the country's worst rail disaster.
The tragedy coincided with the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on December 24, which Blair was part of. On the opening day, New Zealand's seam attack reduced South Africa to 259 for 8. The New Zealand squad spent Christmas at their team hotel, but woke up on Boxing Day to the news of the accident.
Blair remained behind at the hotel to grieve. It was announced that he had withdrawn from the match, and flags at the ground were lowered to half-mast.
But Blair appeared out of the players' tunnel after New Zealand lost their ninth wicket for 154 in the first innings, which left the players and the crowd at Ellis Park stunned. Along with Bert Sutcliffe, he put up a 33-run stand to drag New Zealand to 187. It remains one of the most defining moments in New Zealand sporting history.
"The background to this Test match is one of the most sad and moving and heart-breaking stories imaginable," NZC chief executive Scott Weenink said. "It's also an uplifting story of incredible courage and resilience, and in terms of the South African team and public, great compassion and empathy. I'm delighted to see this very important part of cricket history properly recognised and acknowledged."
The Shield was created by carver David Ngawati (Ngati Hine), is made from the native New Zealand timber puriri, and includes an inlaid mere made from pounamu, a type of stone sourced from the Tangiwai region. An NZC release said that the shield will be blessed and presented to the teams in Tauranga today.
CSA chief executive Pholetsi Moseki said, "On behalf of CSA, I send my best wishes to everyone who was touched by this tragedy, and to both teams contesting the inaugural trophy. It's important that the teams of today and tomorrow know where they came from, and I'm sure the Tangiwai Shield will do much to assist with seriesEdited by Nishnesh - 26 days ago
South Africa: 1 Neil Brand (capt), 2 Edward Moore, 3 Raynard van Tonder, 4 Zubayr Hamza, 5 David Bedingham, 6 Keegan Peterson, 7 Ruan de Swardt, 8 Clyde Fortuin (wk), 9 Duanne Olivier, 10 Tshepo Moreki, 11 Dane Paterson
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Rachin Ravindra, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Glenn Phillips, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee (capt), 10 Matt Henry, 11 Kyle Jamies
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