Cricket

Jean leads Bok cricket side

2013-12-20 10:00
Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Jean de Villiers's captaincy skills will be put to a new test when he leads a Springbok XI in their T20 Challenge match against the Proteas at Newlands on January 3.

This match (18:00 start) will be the highlight of the opening day of the Cell C Festival of Cricket which also includes the North v South T20 Challenge on 4 January, and the opening round of the RAM SLAM T20, featuring all six franchises on January 5.

There will also be signing sessions, musical entertainment and a host of other fun activities.

“We are really looking forward to this historic match,” said De Villiers. “We are all very keen cricket supporters and we would like to urge all supporters to come out to Newlands and share in a fun evening and cheer on your favourite team.”

Former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad has been appointed as manager of the Springbok XI.

“This is a very talented group of men and I’m really excited to see how they perform against some of the top cricketers in the world,” said Skinstad.

Most of the players attended schools with strong cricketing traditions such as Grey College, Maritzburg College, Paarl Gymnasium and Paul Roos Gymnasium before opting to pursue rugby careers.

Former Springbok captain Victor Matfield was good enough as a fast bowler and big-hitting batsman to earn provincial age group colours while Butch James is a multi-talented sportsman.

Although the Springbok XI will start the match as underdogs, two things are certain: the likes of Flip van der Merwe, Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts should have little difficulty in clearing the boundary ropes while others such as Willie le Roux and Fabian Juries should be masters of sharp running between the wickets.

Schalk Burger, who was a provincial cricketer at school, was not named in the side as he is reportedly due to attend a wedding that day.

The Springboks have named the following XI for this historic encounter: Jean de Villiers (captain), Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis, Butch James, Fabian Juries, Tiaan Liebenberg, Willie le Roux, Victor Matfield, Frans Steyn, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe.

Read more on:    springbok  |  jean de villiers  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.