Jonker handed South Africa call

14 September 2018 06:19:18 EST

Uncapped Warriors batsman Christiaan Jonker has been named in South Africa's squad for the one-day series versus Zimbabwe starting later this month.

The hard-hitting Jonker, who blasted 49 off 24 balls on his Twenty20 debut against India in February, gets another chance at 50-over level after the Proteas' selectors opted to rest Quinton de Kock and David Miller for the three matches.

The inclusion of the 31-year-old adds more batting firepower to the middle order nine months shy of the next World Cup.

"The selection of Christiaan Jonker is part of the ongoing process of our Vision 2019," said Cricket South Africa's selection convener Linda Zondi.

"He had an outstanding debut in the T20 format against India and we want to see whether he can convert that finishing form into the longer white-ball format as well.
"We have also recalled Khaya Zondo to the ODI squad as another part of the pool broadening process. He had an outstanding quadrangular series for SA A in India against high-quality opposition, scoring our only century and having a strike rate of 95.

"We still have ODI series after this one against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as we get closer to finalising our likely World Cup squad."

Captain Faf du Plessis will undergo a fitness test closer to the start of the series, but Dale Steyn is set to play his first ODIs for two years and fellow veteran, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, also returns to the fold.

Meanwhile, South Africa are 9/1 to win the 2019 World Cup in England, with Australia priced at 4/1.

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