Zim Axe Williams For Four-Day Test Against South Africa

ALL-ROUNDER Sean Williams has been left out of Zimbabwe’s squad for the four-day Test against South Africa at St George’s Park this month.

The nuggety left-arm spinner and gritty middle-order batsman missed Zimbabwe’s last Test against West Indies in Bulawayo at the end of October through illness.

But he has since regained fitness and has taken seven wickets in his last two first-class matches and scored 96 in his most recent innings.

Williams’ skills wouldn’t go amiss on Port Elizabeth’s surface even though leg-spinner Graeme Cremer is Zimbabwe’s premier slow bowler.

Perhaps the selectors decided they could do without Williams on the strength of batsman Sikandar Raza taking 5/99 in the first innings against the Windies. Raza scored 80 and 89 in the same match.

Batsman Malcolm Waller‚ fast bowler Michael Chinouya and wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayovo were also left out.

The squad of 15 includes uncapped fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, who is only 21 and with five first-class caps to his credit, and left-handed batsman Ryan Burl‚ who has played nine one-day internationals, but no Tests.

“While Malcolm Waller needs time to regain his Test form‚ the other changes have been necessitated by our desire to give youngsters Muzarabani and Burl a chance‚” a Zimbabwe Cricket spokesperson told TimesLIVE.

“Nyasha Mayavo was left out because we will be travelling to South Africa with 15 players‚ not the 16 we had at home to the Windies.”

Aside from being the first Test scheduled for four days since five-day matches became the norm in the format‚ the game‚ which starts on December 26‚ will be Zimbabwe’s first day/night Test.

Zimbabwe Test squad

Graeme Cremer (captain)‚ Hamilton Masakadza‚ Craig Ervine‚ Brendan Taylor‚ Chamu Chibhabha‚ Regis Chakabva‚ Sikandar Raza‚ Ryan Burl‚ Tendai Chatara‚ Blessing Muzarabani‚ Tendai Chisoro‚ Peter Moor‚ Solomon Mire‚ Kyle Jarvis‚ Chris Mpofu. – TimesLive

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