Cricket South Africa, (CSA) on Friday named exciting under-19 fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, as one of several new caps at this level in the South Africa A squad to travel to Australia for a series of four-day matches against Australia A as well as a triangular limited overs series that also includes India A. Rabada was one of the stars of South Africa’s successful campaign earlier this year to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Other players chosen at SA A level for the first time are batsmen, David White, Khaya Zondo and Cody Chetty, wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle, left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi and leg-spinner Eddie Leie.
Justin Ontong will captain both the four-day and one-day squads while Proteas squad member Rory Kleinveldt has also been included as he starts his comeback from injury. “It was only a year ago that the South Africa A squad included the likes of Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt who have gone on to earn senior national colours, so the opportunity and incentive is there for others to follow suit. The squad for Australia has a nice balance of experience and youthful potential about it and this will be an excellent test for them against Australia A and India A, both of whom have assembled very strong squads,”commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson.
SA A four-day squad: Justin Ontong (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Marchant De Lange (The Unlimited Titans), Simon Harmer (Chevrolet Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (Titans), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Mangaliso Mosehle (Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Hardus Viljoen (Highveld Lions), David White (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Sunfoil Dolphins).
SA A one-day squad: Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras, capt), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Cody Chetty (Dolphins), Marchant De Lange (Titans), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn ( Titans), Mangaliso Mosehle (Titans), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Mthokozisi Shezi (Cape Cobras), Vaughn Van Jaarsveld (Dolphins)
Management: Khomotso Masubulele (manager), Vincent Barnes (coach), Paul Adams (assistant coach), Craig Govender (physiotherapist), Dieter Swanepoel (fitnesss trainer), Drikus Coertzen (video analyst)