Proteas Test Squad for Series Against Sri Lanka Unveiled


Cricket South Africa (CSA) has unveiled Proteas Test squad for the Sunfoil Test Series against Sri Lanka.

The selectors unveiled a squad of 13 for the three-match Sunfoil Test Series

Two matches will take place over the festive season at St. George’s Park from December 26 to 30. And the other, at PPC Newlands from January 2 to 6.

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CSA explained that the squad of 16 for the Australia tour was reduced to 13 because there is no need for a replacement wicket-keeper or a second specialist spinner for a home series.

The Protes Test squad are as listed below:

  1. Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt)
  2. Kyle Abbott (Warriors)
  3. Hashim Amla (BuildNat Cape Cobras)
  4. Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  5. Stephen Cook (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  6. Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights)
  7. Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans)
  8. JP Duminy (BuildNat Cape Cobras)
  9. Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans)
  10. Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
  11. Wayne Parnell (BuildNat Cape Cobras)
  12. Vernon Philander (BuildNat Cape Cobras)
  13. Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions)

VKB Knights captain Theunis de Bruyn is the new cap in the Proteas Test squad.

As learnt, he was selected to take the place of Rilee Rossouw who wasn’t considered for selection because of injury. Players like AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were equally ruled out of consideration because of injury.

Commenting, CSA selection convener, Linda Zondi said:

“De Bruyn is the latest player to be rewarded for consistently good form at franchise and South Africa A level

He has 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.”

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Also, Zondi praised AB de Villiers for a smooth transition of leadership.

“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,” Zondi remarked.