SA call up Olivier, Ngidi for second Test


The South African team attended a practice session ahead of the second test match against India in Centurion tomorrow. "We have to replace Dale who has picked up an unfortunate injury".

Steyn sustained serious tissue damage to his left heel in what was termed a "freakish injury", and left the field of play before Tea on the second day of the first Test.

Olivier has appeared in five Tests for South Africa- all of them in 2017, Ngidi has played three T20Is since making his worldwide debut in a match against Sri Lanka a year ago. Virat Kohli and Co. will now aim to bounce back in the second Test, which is scheduled to begin from January 13.

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"I've heard a lot of good things about him", said Gibson. "We'll add him to the squad and then when we get to Pretoria and have a couple of training days we will have a look and make a decision". In those five Tests, the 25-year-old claimed 17 wickets at an average of 23.11. However, with India's bowlers challenging South Africa, they may opt to include a seventh specialist batsman in the XI and all of Olivier, Ngidi, Morris or Phehlukwayo could be benched. They will hope Ngidi, who missed out on making the squad for the Bangladesh Tests because of injury, is ready to take up the mantle in case there are more breakdowns in the Proteas camp.

Both Olivier and Ngidi are now playing in the domestic one-day cup and will compete with allrounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo for one spot in the final XI, with conditions on the Highveld set to suit an attack of four seamers.