SA’s black record



June 9, 2016
SA’s black record

One of eight players of colour, SAs Parnell.

Proteas take transformation seriously.

The Proteas selected a record eight players of colour for their Tri-Series victory against Australia in Guyana on Tuesday.

South Africa made two changes to the team that lost to West Indies in the first match of the tournament, with allrounder Wayne Parnell coming in and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi making his debut.

They were joined by Man of the Match Farhaan Behardien, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa yesterday announced that the third Test against Australia in Adelaide, starting on 24 November, will be SA’s day-night five-dayer.

CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat says: “Following careful consideration and engagement with all our Test players, and acknowledging the need to exploit the potential of playing day-night Test match cricket, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed with Cricket Australia to proceed with this fixture.”

The Proteas are currently scheduled to arrive in Australia in mid-October and will proceed immediately to Adelaide to play a warm-up match with a pink ball under lights as part of their preparations.

This will be the very first time they will be exposed to such conditions.

An additional warm-up match under lights prior to the third Test is also being planned, giving the players a further opportunity to acclimatise to the pink ball.

Lorgat adds: “Our Proteas were initially hesitant to play such a key Test match without previous experience and adequate preparation. But after working through all their concerns and the possible options to prepare sufficiently, there is new-found excitement for this novel Test match.”

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