Cricket South Africa have made wholesale changes to the T20 squad set to face India in a few days time.
The likes of Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram have been rested for the series, as CSA wants them to rest and recuperate ahead of the big home series against Australia to follow soon after.
In the absence of Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy will skipper the South African side, as the all-rounder will be looking to lead the side and perform well in the T20 series.
“With the Sunfoil Test Series against Australia starting only 5 days after the completion of the T20 Series it is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer. These include Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram among the batsmen as well as most of our frontline fast bowlers. AB de Villiers has missed quite a lot of cricket this summer so he will play in the T20 Series,” commented CSA National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi.
“Christiaan Jonker has been one of the most explosive finishers in domestic T20 cricket in recent seasons and his selection, together with that of Junior Dala, gives players who have performed well at franchise level the opportunity to show that they can compete at the highest level. Heinrich Klaasen’s recent performance speaks for itself. Reeza Hendricks gets another opportunity for the same reason, having been the highest runs scorer in this season’s Ram Slam Challenge,” Zondi added.
JP Duminy (c), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Duane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, JJ Smuts.