Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday named four uncapped players in the Test match format in the Proteas squad for the two-match series in Bangladesh in July and August. They are the Knights opening batsman, Reeza Hendricks, Nashua Cape Cobras wicketkeeper, Dane Vilas, and the Highveld Lions duo of spinner, Aaron Phangiso, and fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada. All four have previously represented the Proteas in the limited overs formats.
CSA convener of selectors Andrew Hudson says: ‘The changes have been brought about partly by the retirement of Alviro Petersen and the non-availability of AB De Villiers who has been granted paternity leave. Reeza and Stiaan Van Zyl are both options to open the batting and Stiaan can also be used in AB’s batting position in the middle-order. Dane provides us with the wicketkeeping cover that would normally also be AB’s responsibility. Aaron gives us a left-arm spin bowling option and we see this as the ideal opportunity to involve Kagiso in the Test team environment once again, so he will be the back-up fast bowling option.’ Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are being rested for the three-match ODI Series and the players brought in are fast bowlers, Chris Morris of The Unlimited Titans and Rabada, as well as the Dolphins all-rounder, Ryan McLaren. The remainder of the squad that went to the ICC World Cup has been retained.
The bizhub Highveld Lions leg-spinner, Eddie Leie, is the only uncapped player included in the Proteas T20 squad. Again a number of senior players have been rested including Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. Hudson says: ‘With next year’s ICC World Twenty20 to be played in India we need to explore our bowling options under sub-continent conditions. Morris has done well in the IPL as have David Wiese and Beuran Hendricks and this tour represents an important opportunity to broaden their international playing experience.’
Proteas Test squad: Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras, capt), Dean Elgar (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Stiaan Van Zyl (Cape Cobras), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Quinton De Kock (Titans), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel ( Titans), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras).
Proteas ODI squad: AB De Villiers (Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras, vice-capt), Quinton De Kock (Titans), Faf Du Plessis (Titans), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Chris Morris (Titans), Morne Morkel (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren (Dolphins).
Proteas T20 squad: Faf Du Plessis (Titans, capt), Quinton De Kock (Titans), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), AB De Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Dolphins), David Wiese ( Titans), Chris Morris (Titans), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras).
Bangladesh tour Itinerary
05 July 2015: 1st T20 International, Dhaka
07 July 2015: 2nd T20 International, Dhaka
10 July 2015: 1st ODI, Dhaka
12 July 2015: 2nd ODI, Dhaka
15 July 2015: 3rd ODI, Chittagong
21 July 2015: 1st Test, Chittagong
30 July 2015: 2nd Test, Dhaka