South Africa name squads for white-ball tour in Sri Lanka
Johannesburg/UNI: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday announced the ODI and T20I squads for their tour of Sri Lanka, which commences on September 2 in Colombo.
Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in the three ODIs and three T20Is against Sri Lanka between September 2 and 14. All matches will be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo.
Quinton de Kock and David Miller have been rested for the ODIs but are set to return for the T20Is. Miller is currently recovering from a hamstring injury that he suffered during the Ireland series but is expected to be fit in time to play the T20Is, which begin on September 10.
After missing the tours of the West Indies and Ireland, Dwaine Pretorius is set to return and has been named in both squads.
Junior Dala, who last played an ODI for the Proteas in 2018, also returns to the squad to cover up for Lungi Ngidi's absence from the first leg of the tour.
"The Selection Panel is pleased to announce the squads that will go to Sri Lanka at the end of this month. After the white-ball teams’ successes in the West Indies and Ireland, we are excited to have them back in action and continuing their preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year," said Victor Mpitsang, the CSA Convenor of Selectors.
"With the many COVID-19-induced bio-bubbles that the touring squads have had to endure, it is pleasing to have the majority of our players available for action and we look forward to watching them in the very different conditions of Sri Lanka.
I would like to wish Temba Bavuma and Mark Boucher all the best for what we know will be a challenging tour, but we have every confidence in the squads selected and the leadership behind them," he added.
Squad for ODI series: Temba Bavuma (c), Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams
Squad for T20I series: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams
All matches day/night will be played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The schedule released states ODIs to occur on September 2, 4 and 7 with T20Is following it on September 10, 12 and 14.