South Africa wins toss and bats vs. Bangladesh
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa captain Hashim Amla won the toss on Tuesday and elected to bat in the first test against Bangladesh.
Left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman was named for his debut for Bangladesh following a good performance in the one-day Internationals.
The hosts bolstered spin strength by including leg-spinner Jubair Hossain and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam alongside Shakib Al Hasan, while Soumya Sarkar was overlooked despite a strong performance in the one-day series.
South Africa’s fast bowler Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander returned to the side after skipping the limited overs contests.
The Proteas are aiming to protect a record of not losing an away series since 2006, winning or drawing 14 series in that time; seven of them on the subcontinent.
They also have never lost to Bangladesh in eight tests, winning seven tests by more than an innings and another inside four days.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Jubair Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam.
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Stiaan Van Zyl, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, J.P. Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer, Morne Morkel