Proteas set to experiment during upcoming tour of India

Cricket South Africa (CSA) named three debutants in both the Proteas’ Test match and T20 International squads for their tour of India in September as they seek to shake things up after a dismal showing at the recently concluded Cricket World Cup in England.

Cricket World Cup hangover

While the Proteas aren’t actually playing any one-day international fixtures against India, it’s hard to imagine their woeful performance at the World Cup couldn’t have had an impact on selections for this tour.

First and foremost, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, and JP Duminy all announced their respective retirements from Test match cricket so their replacements were forced.

In the case of Amla and Duminy, they hung their boots up from international cricket altogether, while Steyn is still available for the shorter formats of the game.

Looking for the next generation of Proteas

CSA took the opportunity to give some new players, and those with limited international experience a chance, in both the Test and T20I formats.

For the five-day squad, fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper Rudi Seconds have been called up from the Warriors, and they are joined by spin bowling all-rounder from the Dolphins Senuran Muthusamy.

“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” commented CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl.

CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl

Flexibility for uncertain conditions during tour of India

More importantly, the additions provide them with flexibility in their selection plans to be able to deal with anything that is thrown at them in India.

“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent, with Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our four-day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj,” Van Zyl explained.

CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl

Faf du Plessis will remain captain of the Test team with Temba Bavuma as vice captain, while Quinton de Kock takes over as skipper for the T20 Internationals with Rassie van der Dussen as his deputy.

The three newcomers to the T20I squad are Nortje again, Temba Bavuma – who believe it or not has never played a T20 game for South Africa – and Bjorn Fortuin.

“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away, which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad.”

CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl

For those wondering about his absence from both squads, Chris Morris made himself unavailable for selection for any part of the tour.

While Du Plessis is not part of the T20I squad, Van Zyl reiterated he is still a huge part of South Africa’s plans for white-ball cricket going forward, further suggesting this tour is about trying out new options.

Proteas Test match squad for tour of India:

  • Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt)
  • Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions, vice-capt)
  • Theunis de Bruyn (Titans)
  • Quinton de Kock (Titans)
  • Dean Elgar (Titans)
  • Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras)
  • Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins)
  • Aiden Markram (Titans)
  • Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins)
  • Lungi Ngidi (Titans)
  • Anrich Nortje (Warriors)
  • Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras)
  • Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras)
  • Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions)
  • Rudi Seconds (Warriors)

Proteas T20I squad for tour of India:

  • Quinton de Kock (Titans, capt)
  • Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions, vice-capt)
  • Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions)
  • Junior Dala (Titans)
  • Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions)
  • Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions)
  • Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions)
  • David Miller (Dolphins)
  • Anrich Nortje (Warriors)
  • Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins)
  • Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions)
  • Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions)
  • Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans)
  • Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors) Protection Status

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