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    Dale Steyn to face England Lions

    South African quickie Dale Steyn has been selected to face England Lions in July and August.

    England Lions are set for a clash with Dale Steyn later this summer after his surprise inclusion in one of the South Africa A squads due to arrive in the coming weeks.

    The 33-year-old, who has 417 Test wickets and had a long reign at the top of the ICC’s world bowling rankings, is ready to launch his comeback from the shoulder injury he suffered in Australia last winter.

    He has set a target of playing in two of the A-team’s three four-day matches in England to stake his claim for a recall in the Investec Test series in July and August – when five wickets would lift him above Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker.

    The four-day section of the tour, which follows a three-match one-day series against the Lions at Trent Bridge and Northampton, begins with matches against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl from June 8-11, and continues against Sussex at Arundel from June 14-17 – before the climax against England Lions at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence from June 21-24.

    The Lions then face the senior South Africa tourists in Worcester in a three-day match from June 29 – the Proteas’ last fixture before the first Investec Test at Lord’s.

    Steyn is joined by several other players with senior international experience in the A-squads named by South Africa’s selectors for the one-day and four-day series.

    Temba Bavuma, who has been included in the Test touring party, is in both squads, as are Theunis de Bruyn and Duanne Olivier, while off-spinner Dane Piedt is another familiar name in the red-ball squad.

    The one-day squad will be captained by Khaya Zondo, with Aiden Markram, a 22-year-old who enjoyed a prolific domestic season for the Titans, leading the four-day party.

    The Lions squad for the one-day series is due to be named on May 22, with a separate squad for the two first-class matches following in June.

    England Lions fixtures, summer 2017

    One-day series v South Africa A

    Thursday June 1 – Trent Bridge

    Saturday June 3 – Northampton

    Monday June 5 – Northampton

    Four-day match v South Africa A

    June 21-24 – Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (Canterbury)

    Three-day match v South Africa

    June 29 – July 1 – New Road, Worcester

    South Africa A one-day squad:

    Khaya Zondo (capt)

    Reeza Hendricks

    Jon Jon Smuts

    Aiden Markram

    Temba Bavuma

    Theunis de Bruyn

    Heino Kuhn

    Dwaine Pretorius

    Mangaliso Mosehle

    Sisanda Magala

    Tabraiz Shamsi

    Lungi Ngidi

    Duanne Olivier

    Junior Dala

    Dane Paterson

    South Africa A four-day squad

    Heino Kuhn

    Aiden Markram (capt)

    Theunis de Bruyn

    Temba Bavuma

    Khaya Zondo

    Jason Smith

    Heinrich Klaasen

    Dwaine Pretorius

    Rudi Second

    Dane Piedt

    Lungi Ngidi

    Dane Paterson

    Duanne Olivier

    Junior Dala

    Beuran Hendricks

    Dale Steyn

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