The Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the squad for the upcoming five-match T20 International (T20I) series against Indian National Cricket Team and the young wicketkeeper-batsman Tristan Stubbs has received his maiden T20I call-up.
The 21-year-old Stubbs had impressed everyone with his power-hitting skills in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 Challenge as he scored 293 runs in 7 games at an average of 48.83 and a strike rate of 183.12.
Also, he was roped in by Mumbai Indians (MI) as a replacement for injured Tymal Mills for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Meanwhile, Anrich Nortje, who was recovering from injury since December 2021, has been medically cleared and is part of the Temba Bavuma-led side. Also, he is playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Reeza Hendricks and Heinrich Klaasen have made a return to the Proteas team and Wayne Parnell has been included in the T20I team for the first time since 2017.
Other IPL-bound players like Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen and Marco Jansen have also been included in the Temba Bavuma-led side.
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa will begin on June 9 in Delhi and the remaining games will be held in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.
This is the Proteas like we have not seen them in a long time – CSA Convenor of Selectors Victor Mpitsang
CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang said that the Proteas squad they have assembled is one of the strongest line-ups they have had in a very long time.
“This is the Proteas like we have not seen them in a long time. The injection of the IPL players means that we will have a team that’s ready to fire on all cylinders immediately and has vast experience of the conditions that we will be playing in,” said CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang.
He also talked about the inclusion of young Stubbs and returning Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen and Wayne Parnell.
“Tristan Stubbs is an exciting prospect and we’re keen to see what he’s made of and we are looking forward to the return of the experience of Reeza (Hendricks), Klaasie (Heinrich Klaasen) and Wayne Parnell to join the likes of Temba (Bavuma), Tabraiz (Shamsi) and Keshav (Maharaj),” he said.
“The country can also join us in a collective sigh of relief at the return of Anrich Nortje, who has been working hard to recover from a frustrating injury. The National Selection Panel and I are really excited to watch our full strength Proteas take on the world’s number one T20 team. We wish Temba Bavuma and Mark Boucher all the best ahead of what we know will be sportainment at its best,” Mpitsang concluded.
Here’s South Africa’s Complete T20I Squad For Series vs India:
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
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