South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17 March 20, 2017

Olivier released from South Africa squad

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Duanne Olivier made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in January this year © Gallo Images

Fast bowler Duanne Olivier has been released from South Africa's Test squad ahead of the third Test against New Zealand, which starts on March 25 in Hamilton. The move left South Africa with only Wayne Parnell as back-up to the quicks - Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, and Morne Morkel. Chris Morris had been released from the squad midway through the second Test in Wellington.

South Africa's spin department, however, has been bolstered by the addition of offspinner Dane Piedt, who joined the squad last weekend.

Olivier, 24, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg in January this year, claiming match figures of 5 for 57 in South Africa's innings victory. Olivier will now have to wait until at least July, when South Africa tour England, to add to his maiden Test cap.

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  • Alan on March 21, 2017, 14:11 GMT

    Poor planning by the SA selectors and management. Select 6 pace bowlers and 1 spinner and then "discover" that the Hamilton pitch takes turn. Enter Piedt who wasn't able to make the Cobras side a short while back. Loaned out to the Titans where he also struggled to make the side, Piedt let it be known that he was exploring all offers including the Kolpak circus (ostensibly no takers). Perhaps this "tactic" ought to be employed by other similarly disenchanted players as he was promptly brought back to Cape Town as skipper when Prince took over at the Cobras and subsequently leapfrogged into the Test squad. Piedt has hardly set the world alight at Test level where his stats are actually inferior to the much maligned Simon Harmer. I understand the need for an additional spinner against the Blackcaps but surely this requirement should have been foreseen by the selectors when initially compiling the squad. Could have spared the window-dressing surrounding the likes of Olivier and Morris.

  • Lachlan on March 21, 2017, 12:26 GMT

    There's one test to go. Obviously neither are in contention to play. They've probably been released so they can have a longer holiday. South Africa are doing them a favour.

  • Peter on March 21, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    And the management of CSA gets wound up when players go the Kolpak route? Parnell is a seasoned non performer, yet he remains?

  • castro6065533 on March 21, 2017, 5:56 GMT

    I always thought that 6 seamers in the South Africa touring squad seemed a touch excessive, but surely it would have been better to keep Olivier on tour as being around the dressing room would be beneficial to someone as new to international cricket as him.

  • Steve on March 21, 2017, 2:15 GMT

    I am afraid Olivier's and Morrois's premature releases in the middle of test series will definitely set bad precedence going forward. Wouldn't blame them one bit if they go Kopak route.

  • Shekar on March 20, 2017, 23:19 GMT

    What would it cost SA to keep those guys around the squad??? Its a bit insulting to be "released" from a touring squad. SA need to manage player perceptions better....especially in this period

  • mosesjact on March 20, 2017, 21:38 GMT

    Why don't they go into more detail and keep the public informed on the reasons why the player was released. He could be having adjustment problems of a foreign tour or it may be disciplinary or health related. It could also be du to injury or the needs of the family. Whatever it is, the Cricket followers are interested in knowing more than the fact that he is going back home.

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