Dale Steyn will be back in whites for the first time in more than a year when an SA Invitation XI play Zimbabwe in Paarl in December.
Steyn was sidelined in November 2016 when he broke his shoulder while bowling in the first Test against Australia at the Waca in Perth. He made his return to action in November and has bowled 14 overs in four T20s for the Titans this season.
Steyn features in a 15-man squad named for the match in Paarl‚ which will be played from December 20 to 22 and will serve as a warm-up for the four-day‚ day/night‚ pink-ball Test between SA and Zimbabwe at St George’s Park starting on December 26.
AB de Villiers‚ who has opted out of all 17 tests SA have played since January 2016 and has played only one first-class match for the Titans this summer‚ is also in the squad. As is Chris Morris‚ who has played two T20s for the Titans since recovering from a back injury.
Another squad member‚ Temba Bavuma‚ has not been injured or otherwise occupied. But he also has not played first-class cricket since the Test series against Bangladesh in September and October.
SA Invitation XI squad: Dominic Hendricks (capt)‚ Temba Bavuma‚ Tladi Bokako‚ Michael Cohen‚ AB de Villiers‚ Isaac Dikgale‚ Leus du Plooy‚ Zubayr Hamza‚ Chris Morris‚ Kagiso Rapulana‚ Kelly Smuts‚ Dale Steyn‚ Ricardo Vasconcelos‚ Shaun von Berg‚ Lizaad Williams