Glenton Stuurman has had an interesting week. On Monday he was named among six Warriors players who had been withdrawn from the opening round of the first-class competition because they had either tested positive for Covid-19 or been in contact with someone who had. On Friday, the uncapped medium pacer was included in South Africa’s squad to play six white-ball games against England from the last week of this month.
Stuurman has been too close for comfort to someone who has contracted the virus. So he is isolating but, at this stage, has nothing to recover from ahead of the matches, three in each format, which will be played in a bio-secure bubble at Newlands and in Paarl from November 27 to December 9.
At 28 and almost seven years into his first-class career, Stuurman is a bona fide late bloomer. That and the fact that he is able to move the ball both ways off the seam has earned impressive but unhelpful comparisons with Vernon Philander, who laboured for more than seven years before he made his Test debut.
The only other player in the squad of 24 who did not turn out for South Africa last summer is Junior Dala, who played the most recent of his 11 white-ball internationals in March 2019 and has since struggled with a knee injury.
Kagiso Rabada is back after missing the ODI series against Australia and the aborted rubber in the same format in India, both in March, with a groin problem.