Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dale Steyn returns to South Africa T20 squad for England series

Dale Steyn returns to South Africa T20 squad for England series

After starring for England in the third ODI against South Africa on Sunday, leg spinner Adil Rashid has made himself unavailable for the upcoming Sri Lanka Test series.

Mahmood was restricted to just a five-over stint in Johannesburg, taking 1-17 as England overcame the Proteas by two wickets to square the three-match series.

England gave a one-day global debut to fast bowler Saqib Mahmood and brought spin bowlers Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid into a rejigged bowling attack.

Saqib Mahmood came in for his ODI debut - as Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Matt Parkinson dropped out - and made inroads as cloud gave way to sun after England chose to field.

Another Lancashire player, leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, also gained his initial taste of ODI cricket during the series, taking 0-48 during England's defeat in the first game at Cape Town.

Jonny Bairstow was especially severe on the Proteas' opening bowlers, Lungi Ngidi and Beuran Hendricks, as his dramatic innings of 43 at a strike rate of 187 saw Ngidi given brutally short shrift in an initial two-over spell that leaked 29 runs.

Ali bowled Rassie van der Dussen, who in the previous over had been given out leg before wicket first ball to Rashid, immediately after Bavuma had seemingly wasted a review, also after being given out lbw.

"We bowled really well today", said England captain Eoin Morgan.

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The accuracy of Moeen and Rashid through the middle overs ensured South Africa never got close to an overwhelming total, even when the impressive Miller (69 not out) attacked poor death bowling from Jordan, who conceded 40 off his last three overs.

It was a little misleading because the tourists made criminally heavy weather at the back end of their essentially modest chase of 257 for the victory - and a 1-1 split of honours - after a superb platform had been laid upfront in the chase: rash dismissals made for a slightly nervier finish than had seemed likely for lengthy periods.

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"It was disappointing to limp over the line".

"Tom Banton showed lot of promise, Joe Denly's two knocks were really good, Saqib came in and bowled beautifully, and likewise Parky [Matt Parkinson] in the first game".

England's Adil Rashid, who took 3-51: "I felt good".

Rashid missed the rest of the English summer after the World Cup final and had only played three Twenty20s internationals in New Zealand and in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi before Sunday's ODI.

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock: "We gave ourselves a sniff at the end and it was cool to make it tough for the England guys".

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