Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada Return T20I Squad For Home Series Against Australia
Though Faf du Plessis has stepped down from the captaincy roles of the national side, he has returned to the T20I side. On Monday (17th February), the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 16-member squad for the upcoming home T20I series against Australia where they have made three changes from the last series. Pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have also returned to the T20I squad.
On last Sunday (16th February), the hosts South Africa lost the three-match T20I series against the visitors England by the 2-1 margin. Though the hosts won the first game by just one run, they lost the second and third matches by two runs and five wickets respectively.
Now, South Africa will play the three-match home T20I series against the visiting side Australia. The matches will be played on 21st, 23rd and 26th February respectively.
In-form Quinton de Kock will continue to lead the Proteas side in the forthcoming home T20I series against Australia. He was in outstanding form with the bat during all the recent international series against the visitors England. He finished as the second most run-scorer in the recently concluded three-match home T20I series against England after scoring 131 runs in three innings with an average of 43.66. During the second game of that series, de Kock hit South Africa’s fastest T20I fifty.
From the last home T20I series against England, the selectors have dropped Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks and Sisanda Magala from the Proteas squad. Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have returned to the T20I squad.
Faf du Plessis last played a limited-overs international game against Australia in the ICC CWC 2019
Faf du Plessis played his last T20I in March 2019 during the home T20I series against Sri Lanka. The upcoming home T20I series will be his first limited-overs presence for South Africa since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Temba Bavuma impressed in the recent limited-overs series against England as he was the third most run-scorer in both those home series. In the T20I series, Bavuma scored 43, 31 and 49 runs respectively. But during the last game of that series, he suffered a right hamstring injury.
While Bavuma will undergo the scans soon, the reports will clarify his future for the upcoming home T20I series. At present, he has been included in the 16-member squad.
The right-arm fast bowler Dale Steyn, who made his international comeback during the recently concluded home T20I series against England, played the first and third T20Is of that series and managed to pick up only one wicket in total.
South African T20I squad for the upcoming home series against Australia: Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma (subject to fitness).
Full T20I schedule between South Africa and Australia 2020
(Three-match T20I series)
21st February 2020: First T20I (N) – Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg)
23rd February 2020: Second T20I (D/N) – St. George’s Park (Port Elizabeth)
26th February 2020: Third T20I (N) – Newlands Cricket Ground (Cape Town)
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