Sisanda Magala, Marco Jansen rewarded with Proteas contracts

Sisanda Magala, Marco Jansen rewarded with Proteas  contracts

Sisanda Magala and Marco Jansen have earned their first national contracts after Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced a list of 20 players.

Jansen has blossomed in the Proteas Test team and received the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year for his exploits in 2022.

Magala turned in a match-winning performance in the first ODI against England and will be key figure in the national white-ball teams with the 50-over World Cup approaching later this year.

Tristan Stubbs, Bjorn Fortuin and Ryan Rickelton have also been awarded Proteas contracts for the first time.

Test specialist and former captain Dean Elgar has been retained on the list, shutting down speculation that would retire after the series against West Indies.

CSA chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki commented: "We are really excited by the mix of experienced and younger players that have been contracted this season as we continue to build a world-class outfit under the leadership of red and white-ball head coaches Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter."

Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe, added: "The number of contracted players has increased from 16 to 20 this season to ensure that we have a wider pool of white-ball specialists and Test players.

"We look forward to seeing them compete at the highest level in what is an important next 12 months for the limited-overs and Test sides, with the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup taking place later this year as well as the start of the new World Test Championship cycle."

Proteas contract list: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen