South Africa names Quinton de Kock as skipper for T20 matches against England, Dale Steyn returns
Johannesburg/IBNS: Cricketer Quinton de Kock has been named captain of the Standard Bank Proteas T20 squad that will take on England in the three-match KFC T20 International series.
The series will be played between the two teams from Feb 12 to 16.
In a major addition to the squad, pacer Dale Steyn has been named in the team.
The pacer returns to international cricket after nearly a year’s absence having fully recovered from a recurring shoulder injury.
Steyn’s last appearance for South Africa was in March 2019 against Sri Lanka in Centurion.
The selectors have also opted to extend the rest period of Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada, who will officially take no further part in the remainder of England’s tour to South Africa.
CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said, "We are pleased with the group that we have selected for this upcoming T20 series against England. We have once again taken the opportunity to reward some of the hard workers of our domestic franchise system while some of our key senior players continue with their much-needed rest period and we have again, put our faith in Quinton (de Kock) to lead this group of exciting cricketers, picking up where he left off in India where he showed exemplary leadership."
“England have of course announced a competitive team and we are comfortable that we have the squad that can take them on and return positive results," he said.
South African selectors also named two uncapped players in the squad. They are batsman Pite van Biljon and seamer Sisanda Magala.
Standard Bank Proteas T20 squad:
Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper, Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Dale Steyn (Momentum Multiply Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans).
KFC T20 Series Itinerary:
Wed 12 DN 1st. KFC T20I Buffalo Park, East London
Fri 14 DN 2nd. KFC T20I Hollywoodbets Kingsmead, Durban
Sun 16 Day 3rd. KFC T20I SuperSport Park, Centurion