Cricket South Africa on Friday announced their 24-member squad for the white-ball home series against England starting in three weeks time.
England are arriving in South Africa for a two-week tour in which 3 T20s and 3 ODIs will be played behind closed doors at Cape Town and the nearby city of Paarl.
The team will be led by their wicket-keeper captain Quinton de Kock, who is currently in the UAE playing for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020.— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) November 6, 2020
One of the highlights of Friday’s announcement was the maiden international call-up for youngster Glenton Stuurman.
The 28-year-old has 10 franchise matches to his name, with 35 wickets under his belt. Junior Dala also makes a return to the national team after a prolonged injury saw him miss out on last season’s international tours.
Former South Africa captain and now CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith was extremely happy with the return of international cricket in the country after the Covid-19 restrictions-led pause.
“I’m extremely proud of the hard work that the CSA team has put into ensuring the Proteas men return to international cricket. It’s been a long winter and it’s really pleasing that we finally have an imminent international tour on our shores to look forward to.
“This is an important season for the team, with an ICC T20 World Cup coming up late next year in India. I’m sure that the T20 series in particular, is going to boast some explosive performances for cricket fans to enjoy at home. An ODI series against the reigning World Champions will always bring a level of excitement of its own. I’m looking forward to an exciting return to international cricket for our Proteas,” Smith said.
England had announced their squad for the tour on Tuesday and have rested Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran from the one-day international leg of the tour.
South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne
England’s tour to South Africa schedule:
Friday, 27 November - 1st T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 29 November - - 2nd T20I, Boland Park, Paarl
Tuesday, 01 December - 3rd T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
Friday, 04 December - 1st ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 06 December - 2nd ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
Wednesday, 09 December - 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town