Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis

South Africa announce T20I and Test squads for India tour

Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will lead South Africa’s T20 International squad for the three-match series in India starting from September 15.

Rassie van Der Dussen has been made the vice-captain of the 14-man squad that does not include Faf du Plessis.


Cricket South Africa have also announced the 15-man Test squad, Du Plessis will lead the side while Temba Bavuma has been named the vice-captain.

T20I squad

Anrich Nortje, Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin have been picked as the Proteas look to identify a pool of players for the next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.


“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad,” said CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl.

“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket.

“As far as the T20 squad is concerned, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin were two of the standout players in the CSA T20 Challenge last season while Nortje was outstanding in the Mzansi Super League until ruled out by injury. This is very much a form squad with players being rewarded for their consistent performances at the franchise level. This applies equally to Junior Dala and Jon-Jon Smuts.”

All-rounder Chris Morris made himself unavailable for selection. He is currently playing for Hampshire in England’s T20 Blast.

Test squad

CSA have handed call-ups to fast bowler Anrich Nortje, wicketkeeper-batsman Rudi Seconds and spin-bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy for the Tests.

Muthusamy, the left-arm spinner, will be the other spinner along with Keshav Maharaj.

“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” said Corrie van Zyl.

“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away from the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj.

“Zubayr Hamza made an impressive start to his Test career against Pakistan last season when Faf du Plessis was ruled out and the retirement of Hashim Amla creates a further opportunity for him.”

Squads:

T20Is: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.

Tests: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.

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