Shamsi back in Colombo

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Tabraiz Shamsi

Tabraiz Shamsi, who travelled back to South Africa last Monday due to personal reasons, returned to Colombo today, Cricket South Africa confirmed.

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The Protea Chinaman left the island owing to family reasons a couple of days after the team’s 278-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the 1st Test played at Galle. Shamsi, playing 2nd fiddle to Keshav Maharaj, only managed to pick up 4 wickets in the Test, in spin-friendly conditions.

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With Shamsi gone, the South Africans were left with just 2 spinners in Keshav Maharaj and uncapped Shaun von Berg. With Maharaj being their front man in the spin department, von Berg was tipped to replace Shamsi in the playing XI.