Harmer named in South Africa squad for Australia Test Series


Simon Harmer has been included in South Africa’s latest Test squad for their upcoming three-match series in Australia.

The spinner, who topped Essex’s wicket-taking charts in red-ball cricket last season, has been named in the squad alongside fellow spinner Keshav Maharaj with the latter recently recovering from a groin strain which kept him out of the ICC T20 World Cup.

The series gets underway in Brisbane on 17 December before moving to the MCG for the traditional Boxing Day Test, with the final match of the series in Syndey starting on 4 January.

Harmer’s most recent involvement with the South Africa Test side came during their tour of England last summer, with his one appearance coming at Emirates Old Trafford.

He has been a regular fixture in South African Test squads since his recall to the fold against Bangladesh in March and has 14 wickets at an average of 19.29 in the three Tests he has so far played in 2022.

South Africa squad: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Simon Harmer, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Glenten Stuurman.