Edward Moore Reinforces Proteas Test Squad for New Zealand Series

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Edward Moore, an experienced player in first-class cricket, has been called up to join the Proteas Test squad for their upcoming tour to New Zealand. Moore, a skilled batter from Western Province, will replace Tony de Zorzi, who recently joined the SA20 franchise, Durban Super Giants. This addition brings the total number of touring members to 15, according to the red-ball coach, Shukri Conrad.

A Younger Face for Proteas

The Proteas Test team lacks international experience, mainly because Proteas players are contractually obligated to SA20 teams, requiring their participation in their respective franchises. This has created opportunities for new talents such as 30-year-old Edward Moore, who has consistently performed well in the Division 1 CSA 4-Day Series.

Rising Through the Ranks

Moore has played over a hundred professional matches in his career, spanning more than a decade. He has an average score of just over 40. From 2017 to 2020, Moore scored over 2,000 runs and recorded seven of his 17 first-class centuries. In the current season, Moore is among the elite group of nine batters who have scored over 400 runs in Division 1 of the four-day competition. He has amassed 414 runs with an average of 51.75, including match-winning centuries against the Tuskers and the Titans.

Proteas vs New Zealand: The Stage is Set

Despite the absence of well-known names in the Proteas team due to the SA20 coinciding with the tour, anticipation for the New Zealand series is high. The Proteas will be led by Neil Brand, who, like many in the squad, will be making his debut in international cricket. The team will depart on Friday, and the first Test match against New Zealand is scheduled to begin on February 4 in Mount Maunganui.