Who is Sisanda Magala? South Africa all-rounder set for debut vs Pakistan

Jordan Carlisle March 30, 2021
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With the all-rounder expected to make his long-awaited international debut for South Africa against Pakistan, we ask – who is Sisanda Magala?

Sisanda Somila Bruce Magala was born in Port Elizabeth on 7th January 1990, making him 30 years old.

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He is an explosive bowling all-rounder who was schooled at Muir College.

Who is Sisanda Magala?

Magala bowls right-arm fast-medium, bats right-handed and is particularly effective at the death in the white-ball arena.

He has played 287 matches across all formats since making his first professional appearance in 2010 and currently plays for the Lions.

Magala has been named in the Proteas ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming home series against Pakistan and his bowling statistics are excellent in both formats at the domestic level.

He has taken 246 white-ball wickets, averaging 29.70 in List A cricket and 22.52 in T20s [ESPNCricinfo].

His statistics with the bat aren’t quite as outstanding, but he is certainly capable of contributing down the order.

Magala has a best of 78* in List A cricket and 63 in T20s, with a strong strike-rate of 122.12 in the latter [ESPNCricinfo].

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The strapping quick has made South Africa squads before without making his debut but is expected to feature against the Green Shirts and is looking forward to the experience.

“I am just taking it one day at a time and I am really happy that I am back with the national team,” said Magala [Business Day]. “I am happy to be in the running for selection but there are a couple of obstacles that I have to overcome.”

“All in all‚ I am excited and I can’t wait for the challenges that are going to be thrown at us by Pakistan.”

Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.