SA recall spinner Harmer for New Zealand series

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Off-spin bowler Simon Harmer was on Wednesday named in the South African squad for two Test matches in New Zealand next month, ending a six-year absence from the national team. The 32-year-old played the most recent of his five Tests against India in November 2015 before signing a Kolpak contract with English county Es-sex.

He has been a prolific wicket-taker for Essex and was named a Wisden cricketer of the year in 2020. Following the end of the Kolpak system in December 2020, Harmer became eligible for selection for South Africa again. Playing for the Titans, he has taken 27 wickets in five matches in the current four-day competition. He is second on the wicket-taker’s list to another former Kolpak player, fast bowler Duanne Olivier, who played in both South Africa’s recent Test wins against India at home.

With the exception of Quinton de Kock, who re-tired from Test cricket after the first Test against India, all the players who appeared in the series will tour New Zealand in a 17-man squad.—AFP

 

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