South Africa T20 Squad Announced. Cape Town. JP Duminy will lead the South African team in the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India. The T20 series is going to start from February 18. South Africa lost their regular skipper Faf du Plessis due to his injury. CSA announced 14 men squad for T20 series on Tuesday. The squad also includes AB de Villiers.
Some of the regular players of the South African team such as Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram and Imran Tahir has been put on rest. According to Zondo “With the Sunfoil Test Series against Australia starting only 5 days after the completion of the T20 Series, it is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer.”
AB de Villiers is not provided rest because he has been out of international cricket for long this summer. So he has been selected in the squad. He needs to be prepared for the upcoming Test Series against Australia. He is also one of the four experienced international cricketers in the current squad along with JP Duminy, Chris Morris and Devid Miller. So his duty increased automatically.
The top run scorer of Ram Slam T20 tournament Reeza Hendricks and Highest run scorer for Warriors Christiaan Jonker are awarded for their best performance by CSA and got chosen in the 14 member Proteas squad for T20 against India. However, Reeza was featured in T20 series in June 2017 against England where he only managed a single digit score in three matches.
The CSA National Selection Panel Converter, Linda Zondi mentioned “Christiaan Jonker has been one of the most explosive finishers in domestic T20 cricket in recent seasons and his selection, together with that of Junior Dala, gives players who have performed well at franchise level the opportunity to show that they can compete at the highest level. Heinrich Klaasen’s recent performance speaks for itself. Reeza Hendricks gets another opportunity for the same reason, having been the highest runs scorer in this season’s RAM SLAM Challenge,”
Selectors also announced the South Africa A team, which will play against Australia from February 22 to 24 at Benoni. This will be a warm-up match for the Australian team before the test series.
South Africa T20 Squad:
JP Duminy (c), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala. AB de Villiers. Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk). David Miller, Chris Morris. Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso. Andile Phehlukwayo. Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.
South Africa A Team:
Khaya Zondo (c). Theunis de Bruyn. Pieter Malan. Wiaan Mulder. Zubayr Hamza. Beuran Hendricks. Senuran Muthusamy. Duanne Olivier. Rudi Second (wk). Malusi Siboto. Shaun von Berg.