Cricket South Africa has appointed JP Duminy as the captain of the side to lead in the upcoming three-match series against India. The Proteas have announced a 14-member squad in which uncapped Christiaan Jonker has been added. Faf du Plessis who leads South Africa in all the three forms was ruled out due to a finger injury.
In the absence of du Plessis, young Aiden Markram was handed over the captaincy duties. Wicketkeeper Heinrich Klassen who played a key role in South Africa’s win in the fourth One-Dayer has also been added to the squad. The squad also includes Junior Dala.
South Africa has given the opportunity to youngsters.
Christiaan Jonker was the leading run-scorer in the Ram Slam T20 Tournament for the Warriors and he has deservingly got his chance in the squad. Reeza Hendricks who was the top run-getter of the tournament also got his reward as he is also included in the squad.
“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,” said Linda Zondi who is CSA national selection convenor in a statement.
Meanwhile, stand-in skipper Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla have been rested keeping in mind the Test series against Australia. The South African selectors have also decided to give a break to Imran Tahir as they look to provide more opportunities to Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso.
Here is the South Africa squad for the T20I series:
JP Duminy (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.