Just days after filling in as South Africa's temporary wicketkeeper at Adelaide Oval, Harry Nielsen is set to take on the Proteas in tomorrow's tour match in Glenelg.
Nielsen has been included in a 15-player South Australia XI squad to meet South Africa in a two-day warm-up match beginning Thursday, where he will join promising youngsters including Alex Ross, Wes Agar and Cameron Valente.
The 21-year-old son of former Australia coach and South Australia gloveman Tim Nielsen was plucked from his Premier Cricket match last weekend and landed at Adelaide Oval, where he stood in for an unwell Quinton de Kock in South Africa's first's tour match against the Cricket Australia XI – and took four tidy catches to boot.
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With the South Australian XI without many of the Redbacks' biggest names due to the ongoing Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at the WACA Ground, the side features a mixture of experience and young talent who impressed in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.
Valente, Michael Cormack and Wes Agar all debuted during the 50-over tournament, with Valente emerging as the competition’s leading wicket taker (with 15 scalps), while also scoring his maiden domestic one-day hundred.
Emerging Redbacks squad member and former Australian Under 19 representative Jake Winter was also rewarded with selection following standout local performances.
Winter made his debut in the Toyota Futures League last week against the ACT, scoring an impressive 144.
The two-day match at Gliderol Stadium is the Proteas' final tune-up ahead of the first Commonwealth Bank Test in Perth starting November 3.
The action starts at 10am local time, with the match to be streamed live on cricket.com.au and on the Cricket Australia LIVE App.
South Australia XI squad: Sam Raphael (c), Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Nick Benton, Michael Cormack, John Dalton, Brad Davis, David Grant, Alex Gregory, Tim Ludeman (wk), Harry Nielsen, Patrick Page, Alex Ross, Cameron Valente, Jake Winter
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