Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday named Knights captain Theunis de Bruyn as a new
cap in the Proteas Test squad for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka.
selectors have announced a squad of 13 for the two matches over the festive
season at St. George’s Park from December 26-30 and at Newlands from
24-year-old takes the place of his franchise colleague, Rilee Rossouw, who was
one of several players who were not considered for selection because of
injury. Other players ruled out of consideration for this reason were AB de
Villiers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
selectors have reduced the squad of 16 for the Australia tour to 13, largely
because there is no need for a replacement wicketkeeper or a second specialist
spinner for a home series.
Parnell, who was ruled out of the Australian tour through injury, returns to
is the latest player to be rewarded for consistently good form at franchise and
South Africa A level,” commented CSA selection convener, Linda Zondi.
an outstanding first-class career average of 48.73 (6 centuries) and has made
423 runs at 60.42 in this season’s Sunfoil Series four-day competition.
“As far as
the overall squad is concerned they deserve the fullest vote of confidence for
their performances in the two recent Test series against New Zealand and
Australia and we are looking forward to more of the same against Sri Lanka.
AB de Villiers for the smooth way the leadership transition has taken place. We
certainly look forward to having him back for the limited overs portion of the
tour. Faf has done an outstanding job in the last two Test series and our
leadership is in very good hands,” concluded Zondi.
Proteas Test squad:
Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim
Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Stephen Cook
(Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Knights), Quinton de Kock
(Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Wayne Parnell (Cape
Cobras), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions)