CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday named four uncapped players in the Test match format in the Proteas’ squad for the two-match series in Bangladesh in July and August.
They are the Knights opening batsman Reeza Hendricks, Cape Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas and the Highveld Lions duo of spinner Aaron Phangiso and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
All four have previously represented the Proteas in the limited overs formats.
“The changes have been brought about partly by the retirement of Alviro Petersen and the non-availability of AB de Villiers who has been granted paternity leave,” explained CSA selection convener,Andrew Hudson.
“Reeza and Stiaan van Zyl are both options to open the batting and Stiaan can also be used in AB’s batting position in the middle order. Dane provides us with the wicketkeeping cover that would normally also be AB’s responsibility.
“Aaron gives us a left-arm spin bowling option and we see this as the ideal opportunity to involve Kagiso in the Test team environment once again, so he will be the back-up fast bowling option.”
Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are being rested for the three-match ODI series and the players brought in are fast bowlers Chris Morris of the Titans and Rabada, as well as Dolphins all-rounder Ryan McLaren. The remainder of the squad who went to the ICC World Cup have been retained.
Highveld Lions leg-spinner Eddie Leie is the only uncapped player included in the Proteas T20 squad. Again a number of senior players have been rested including Steyn, Morné Morkel and Imran Tahir.
“With next year’s ICC World Twenty20 to be played in India we need to explore our bowling options under sub-continent conditions,” said Hudson.
“Morris has done well in the IPL as have David Wiese and Beuran Hendricks and this tour represents an important opportunity to broaden their international playing experience.” — Sport24.
Proteas Test squad: Hashim Amla, (capt), Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Stiaan van Zyl, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Vilas.
Proteas ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, (vice-capt), Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morné Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren.
Proteas T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Eddie Leie, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks.
July 5 - 1st T20 International, Dhaka
July 7 - 2nd T20 International, Dhaka
July 10 - 1st ODI, Dhaka
July 12 - 2nd ODI, Dhaka
July 15 - 3rd ODI, Chittagong
July 2 - 1st Test, Chittagong
July 30 - 2nd Test, Dhaka