Johannesburg - National captain Jean de
Villiers and vice-captain Victor Matfield have both been included in a
star-studded Springbok T20 cricket team who will face off against the Proteas
at the Wanderers for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup on Friday, December 5.
Matfield scored 23 runs from 23 balls and
hit four fours against the Proteas in Cape Town earlier this year. The two
Springbok centurions will be joined by Willem Alberts, who took two wickets in
as many balls at Newlands, as well as Willie le Roux, who scored 16 from eight
balls including a big six.
Recently-retired Tiaan Liebenberg and Duane
Vermeulen, one of the Springboks’ wicket-takers at Newlands, will also have
another chance to showcase their cricketing skills.
“Everyone had a blast playing against the
Proteas last year and we’re looking forward to more of the same this year,”
said De Villiers from Cardiff, where the Springboks will play their final Test
of 2014 against Wales on Saturday.
“At this stage however, our focus is solely
on Wales this weekend. Thereafter we’ll start putting our plans in place for
the match at the Wanderers.
“The match is for a good cause and we’re
hoping for a sold-out crowd at the Bullring, which is a magnificent venue which
has seen a number of superb performances in the past.”
Big Flip van der Merwe, who is recovering
from injury, has been appointed manager but the Springboks are yet to name
their coach and captain for the match, which drew a sold-out crowd in Cape Town
The match celebrates the one-year
anniversary of Madiba’s death, will be played in his honour and in celebration
of his legacy.
The game will also be televised live on