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Imran Tahir celebrates the fall of another TKR wicket at the Werner Stadium, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Imran Tahir celebrates the fall of another TKR wicket at the Werner Stadium, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
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Imran Tahir Felt He Deserved More Respect After He Was Axed For 2021 T20I World Cup

Imran Tahir, South Africa’s leg-spinner has said that he felt he deserved a little more respect from the team management who thought of him as worthless. He also said that since Mark Boucher became the head coach, there was no communication with him on plans for the T20 World Cup.

Imran Tahir was one of the three big omissions alongside Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris from South Africa’s squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in Oman and the UAE from October 17 to November 14.

 Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

Imran Tahir Not Feeling Great After Not Being Picked In South Africa’s T20I Squad For 2021 World Cup

Though Imran Tahir retired from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, he had made himself available for T20Is. He is South Africa’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 61 wickets at an economy rate of 6.56. Imran Tahir last featured in a T20I for South Africa in March 2019.

“I am not feeling great that I am not in the squad. Last year Graeme Smith spoke to me and said I want you to play in the World Cup, which was in Australia. I said obviously I am available and excited and honoured because you give me respect. I am ready,” said Tahir in an interview to IOL Sport on Friday.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

“I am working hard and you can see my performances in all these leagues. He said that’s why he wants me. He also said he was going to speak to a few other guys like AB (de Villiers) and Faf (du Plessis). They put me on the Proteas group and everything, but then nobody contacted me,” added Tahir.

“After a few months I texted Smith and Boucher and nobody replied to me. Since Boucher has become coach, he has not contacted me once to tell me what his plans are. It’s really sad man. I served the country for 10 years. I think I deserve a little more respect than these guys thinking I’m worthless.”

The 42-year-old revealed how he tried to reach out to white-ball captain Temba Bavuma, who directed him towards convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang.

“I spoke to Temba and he said he has a meeting with Boucher the following week. Temba came back to me with a message from Boucher that I must speak to Victor. I again tried to reach him (Mpitsang) and he tried to call me on my WhatsApp number. But he didn’t realize WhatsApp doesn’t work in Dubai. Victor eventually spoke to me and said he will let me know. But then after a couple of months again I heard nothing.”

Imran Tahir said the South African team management hasn’t spoken to him about his future even as he was not picked as part of the 15-member squad for the marquee tournament, starting October 17 in Oman and the UAE. Following the T20 World Cup snub, Imran Tahir has revealed that he hasn’t received a reply from CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith, who wanted the spinner to play the ICC event.

Imran Tahir Wants To Win A World Cup For South Africa

Imran Tahir, currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League, has no plans to retire from international cricket. He is still passionate to represent South Africa in T20Is.

“I want to tell the people of South Africa my story because I played with my heart. Whether people accept me as a South African or not, I am South African. My wife is South African and my family is South African. My child is born in South Africa, so it’s home to me. I have always wanted to win a World Cup for South Africa to say thank you for the opportunity this country has given me, so I am not planning on retiring. I am going to play until 50 if I have to,” concluded Tahir.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: BCCI/ Twitter)

Imran Tahir, who retired from ODI cricket after the World Cup in 2019, said he is not planning to retire from the shortest format of the game, adding his dream is to help South Africa win a World Cup.

Imran Tahir has been playing under MS Dhoni at CSK since 2018 in the Indian Premier League and wishes to continue playing for CSK in the near future as well.  Leg-spinner Imran Tahir had finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 2019 IPL. He has so far picked 35 wickets in 27 matches for CSK in the IPL. He has picked 82 scalps overall in IPL in 59 games averaging a decent 20.76.

South Africa squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
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South Africa’s Free Agents Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris And Imran Tahir Left Out Of 15-Member Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup

South Africa will go into this year’s T20 World Cup without experienced T20I specialists Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris besides Imran Tahir, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Thursday. Temba Bavuma will lead a 15-man squad which CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said was “a new group of players, with new heroes to be made.”

The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates from October 23 to November 14. The T20I World Cup was last held in 2016 which was won by West Indies.

South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith Image Source : ICC
South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith – Image Source: ICC

South Africa’s Director Graeme Smith Opens Up On Discussions About Free Agents- Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, And Faf du Plessis

Graeme Smith said talks had been held with 37-year-old Faf du Plessis but said it was not possible to reach an agreement with the former captain who is now regarded as a “free agent” as he is no longer contracted to CSA.

“When you are working with free agents you have to come together. You have to find that balance that works for both the team and the free agents,” said Smith.

“With Faf in particular we struggled to find that balance.”

Although Faf du Plessis retired from Test cricket last year he said he was available for white-ball cricket and stated that he wanted to play in the next two T20 World Cups. He confirmed before Thursday’s announcement he remained available for selection. Faf du Plessis underlined his credentials by hitting 120 off 60 balls in a Caribbean Premier League match for St Lucia Kings against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Basseterre last Saturday.

Chris Morris, 34, signed a record US$2.2-million deal with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League earlier this year and is regarded as a leading T20 all-rounder. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr & became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history. He was the 2nd joint-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021 before it was postponed with 14 scalps.

 Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

Graeme Smith said Chris Morris had made himself unavailable to play for South Africa after last representing the country in March 2019. Graeme Smith said veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir, 42, was another free agent whose participation had been discussed.

“He’s had a great run and he’s still being successful but we’re very confident in the spin bowlers we have available.”

Faf du Plessis made his T20I debut against England in 2012. Since then he has gone on to play fifty T20I matches for the Proteas and scored 1,528 runs at a strike rate of 134.39.

Another notable player to miss out from South Africa’s squad was Janneman Malan, who has scored 241 runs in 11 T20I matches with the highest score of 55 runs since making his debut against Pakistan in 2019. He has also scored 645 runs in 10 ODI matches for South Africa and has shined in domestic cricket as well.

Keshav Maharaj, Uncapped In T20Is Is Included In A Squad Led By Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma will captain a young side in the UAE – he is expected to recover from a thumb injury in time for the tournament – that also featured Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20I. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Kagiso Rabada are the only players in the squad who played in the 2016 World T20 in India.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

The Proteas instead have gone in Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorious as all-around options. Meanwhile, George Linde, Andile Phehlikwayo, and Lizaad Williams will travel with the team as reserves. 

Quinton de Kock and Henrich Klaasen are the two wicket-keeping options while David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are quality options with the bat. South Africa has gone with a strong pace attack and included Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two specialists spinners.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Travelling reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams.

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR
Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR
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Temba Bavuma Reprimanded For Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Conduct During 1st T20I vs Ireland

Temba Bavuma has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide on Monday.

The South African skipper was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to the “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”

Temba Bavuma
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma plays a shot. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Temba Bavuma Admits Offence Of Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Code Of Conduct

Article 2.3 covers the use of words commonly known and understood to be offensive, obscene and/or profane (in any language) and which can be heard by the spectators and/or the viewing public whether by way of the stump-microphone or otherwise.

This conduct may include, for example, swearing in frustration at one’s own play or fortune. In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of skipper Temba Bavuma, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period. The incident occurred in the sixth over of South Africa’s innings, when Temba Bavuma used an audible obscenity on being adjudged caught behind.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: twitter

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations and so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Alan Neill and Mark Hawthorne, third umpire Rolland Black and fourth official Paul Reynolds levelled the charge against the South African skipper.

Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged.

Ireland Lost Against South Africa By 33 Runs In The 1st T20I

Ireland lost its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

Quinton de Kock made 20 off 11 until he mistimed to mid-off. Captain Temba Bavuma tried reverse sweeping only to edge behind at 44-3. There were 26 more balls without a boundary. Rassie van der Duren went for 25 off 18. Top scorer Aiden Markram added his 39 off 30 and was stumped at 115-5.

Ireland medium-pacer Mark Adair had a well deserved 3-22 off three overs before he was given the ball for the last over, which South Africa started on 147-8. Kagiso Rabada hit the first four deliveries to the boundary and 17 came from the morale-boosting over.

Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images

At 46-5 in the eighth over, it was all but over, but the end was dragged out to 132-9. The first of three T20s wasn’t competitive, surprisingly so after a thrilling one-day international series that was drawn 1-1 last week.

Ireland delayed the outcome by playing out its quota of overs in losing its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs at Malahide. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19
Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock tests positive for COVID-19
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Ireland Wicketkeeper-Batsman Neil Rock Tests Covid-19 Positive Prior To South Africa Series

Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Neil Rock has tested positive for COVID-19. Neil Rock earned his maiden call-up to the Ireland squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.

Following the development, Neil Rock has been placed in isolation while 22-year-old Stephen Doheny, who is also uncapped, has been called up as his replacement.

Neil Rock in action for Northern Knights Getty Images
Neil Rock in action for Northern Knights Getty Images

Ireland Wicketkeeper Batsman Neil Rock Tests Covid-19 Positive

In the 1st T20I, South Africa have rested keeper Quinton de Kock and pacer Anrich Nortje. Janneman Malan will be Aiden Markram’s opening partner and Kyle Verreynne will be donning the keeping gloves. Also, they have picked both their left-arm spinners.

Cricket Ireland confirmed the development and released an official statement which read:“Team management was informed of the positive result today, and Rock has been isolated from the squad as he awaits a follow-up test at the team hotel. Doheny, meanwhile, will undergo a COVID test this afternoon and – given a negative outcome – will join the squad tomorrow.”

Cricket Ireland
Cricket Ireland

The players and support staff who have come in contact with Neil Rock will have to undergo testing as per the protocols in place.

Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland, informed: “Due to our biosecurity measures and contact tracing, we are satisfied that we do not have any genuine close contact cases and this should therefore have minimal impact on the squad.

“However, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of the series start, we will test one player and one staff member who had confirmed they spent a short amount of time with Neil with correct COViD safe precautions in place. We expect them to test negative and re-join the squad tomorrow.”

Ireland will be battling against South Africa in the first of the three-match ODI series. This will be the first time the Irish team will play in a bilateral series against the Proteas. The visitors, under the leadership of Temba Bavuma, are coming into this tour on the back of thrashing Windies by 3-2. They won the T20I series there by 2-1.

Ireland, on the other hand, too would be looking to improve their tally of points in the ICC Super League as they have won only two of their nine matches so far.

Ireland Captain Andy Balbrinie: Proteas Will Be Firm Favourites But Ireland Has Match Winners In Team

South Africa’s tour of Ireland will begin with the first match of the ODI series in Dublin on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the series to the media, Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie admitted that the Proteas will be firm favourites. He, however, asserted that Ireland does have match-winners who can make a difference.

Balbirnie said: “A lot of people on the outside will look at this and say there’s only one team winning this series, and that’s fair enough because it’s a really impressive South Africa side. I don’t have to keep harping on about how good a team they are – I think everyone knows there is a big gulf in the teams.”

Andy Balbirnie
Andy Balbirnie Sportsfile/Getty Images.

Balbirnie added: “But we do have match-winners in our team. We showed that last year when we played England. We maybe haven’t got the results we’d want recently, but whenever we’re put in front of a really tough challenge, we tend to come out with something. The guys are going to go out and express themselves and hopefully can come out with a good result.”

The three-match ODI series between Ireland and South Africa will be followed by three T20Is, which will be played from July 20-25.

Andy Balbirnie has said there will be “no excuses” if his Ireland team fails to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, after a slow start to the Super League campaign which will determine whether or not they have to play in a separate qualifying tournament.

Ireland pulled off an upset by beating England in their third Super League game last summer, but have struggled for consistency since then, losing 3-0 to Afghanistan in the UAE and 2-1 against the Netherlands last month, putting a major dent in their chances of automatic qualification.

Teams:

Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Simi Singh, Joshua Little, Craig Young

South Africa (Playing XI): Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne(w), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies Announced Unchanged 13 Man Squad For 3rd T20I

West Indies have selected the same 13-man squad for the third T20I match against South Africa. Despite losing the 2nd match of the bilateral series, the hosts have selected the same players for the 3rd T20I in Grenada, both in a bid to take a 2-1 series lead and with an eye to the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in October.

After cruising to an eight-wicket win in the first T20I match off the back of a stunning 35-ball 71 from Evin Lewis, the West Indies fell only 16 runs short in the second T20I, as Kagiso Rabada (3/37) and George Linde (2/19) prevented another batting onslaught.

West Indies' Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours decorating a pyrotechnic innings.© AFP
Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours decorating pyrotechnic innings.© AFP

West Indies Named Unchanged 13 Member Squad For 3rd T20I

The Cricket West Indies selection panel named an unchanged 13-member squad for the third T20I against South Africa. The match will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Tuesday, June 29. The five-match series is currently 1-1 after the first two exciting matches.

Two-time World Champions, West Indies won the series opener by eight wickets on Saturday, while South Africa fought back to win the second match by 16 runs on Sunday. This series forms part of the West Indies’ international home season with a total of 15 T20Is as they continue preparations to defend their title at the ICC T20 World Cup to be played later this year.

Van der Dussen congratulates Andre Russell for their victory
Van der Dussen congratulates Andre Russell for their victory. (Photo Source: RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

Roger Harper, Lead Selector in an official release said: “The Selection Panel is happy to retain the same squad for the third CG Insurance T20I. With this series in the balance, we would like to give this squad another opportunity to display how well they can play together. We are aware that there are still a number of T20Is ahead so there will be opportunities for other players going forward.”

The series is part of a bumper 15-match T20I summer for the hosts in the Caribbean, who will also host Australia and Pakistan for five matches each. The West Indies are defending World Champions in the format, with five members of the winning 2016 squad featuring in the current series.

Windies squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.

Evin Lewis Smashes 35 Ball 71 In 1st T20I To Propel West Indies To Win But South Africa’s George Linde And Kagiso Rabada Bowls Proteas To Win In 2nd T20I

In the 1st T20I, South Africa’s Van der Dussen finished unbeaten on 56 and was, by some distance, South Africa’s most accomplished batter of the innings. For West Indies, Fabian Allen conceded just 18 runs in his four overs at an economy rate of 4.50, the best in the match besides picking up 2 wickets. But Evin Lewis stole the show as his 71 off 35 balls batted South Africa out of the match.

1st T20I: West Indies 161 for 2 (Lewis 71, Gayle 32*, Shamsi 1-27) beat South Africa 160 for 6 (van der Dussen 56*, de Kock 37, Allen 2-18, Bravo 2-30) by eight wickets

George Linde put the brakes on in the middle overs AFP/Getty Images
George Linde put the brakes on in the middle overs AFP/Getty Images

In the 2nd T20I, Temba Bavuma top-scored in his first win as T20I captain. While Kagiso Rabada took wickets at the start and end of the innings, South Africa had their spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi to thank for the win.

Between them, George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled eight overs, conceded 35 runs, and took three wickets to take West Indies from 62 for 2 in the ninth over to 70 for 5 in the 11th, in pursuit of 167. Despite late cameos from Jason Holder and Fabian Allen, the required rate proved too high.

2nd T20I: South Africa 166 for 7 (Bavuma 46, Hendricks 42, McCoy 3-25) beat West Indies 150 for 9 (Fletcher 35, Rabada 3-37) by 16 runs

 

 

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter
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Absence Of AB de Villiers Diminished South Africa’s Chances To Win 2021 T20I World Cup: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has said the absence of AB de Villiers has further diminished South Africa’s slim chances of winning the 2021 T20 World Cup.

AB de Villiers recently told Mark Boucher that he would not be playing for South Africa again. The Proteas great’s excellent form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 had earlier rekindled hopes of his return to the national setup.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: South Africa’s Chances Of Progressing Would’ve Been Better If AB de Villiers Was There

While responding to a fan question in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra almost ruled out South Africa as a T20 World Cup contender in the absence of AB de Villiers.

“The chances of their progressing would have been better if AB de Villiers was there but if he is not there, it is impossible to get a player of his quality. The team still has good players but is it a team that can win the World Cup, I personally don’t think so,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While acknowledging that South Africa can upset a few top-ranked teams, the former India player pointed out that the side might be found wanting on the slightly slower and spin-friendly tracks.

“This team can do well, trouble a few people and spoil other teams’ parties but they might not be able to win the World Cup because wherever it happens, whether in India or the UAE, I have my reservations with regards to their chances to win the tournament in these conditions,” added Aakash Chopra.

While AB de Villiers has ruled himself out, South Africa has also not picked some of their experienced players like Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris for the T20I series against West Indies and Ireland. The Proteas team would be weakened further if such accomplished players are not in their scheme of things for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Aakash Chopra: South Africa Failed To Win Either T20I Or ODI World Cup Even In AB de Villiers’ Presence

Aakash Chopra also highlighted that some of the best South African sides in the past have failed to win a World Cup.

“The first thing is whether they can win the World Cup is a big question. They did not win when AB de Villiers was there as well. They play well but something happens when they come for an ICC trophy,” said Aakash Chopra.

South African Cricket Team
South African Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While admitting that one can never rule out a team, the 43-year-old signed off by stating that South Africa does not seem to have a side that can go the full distance.

“At this point in time, the team is not that good. Let’s be fair, don’t count them out. They are a good team, they fight but they are also a team that struggles at the end and chokes at times. They don’t really know how to close the big moments. That problem has been there with this team,” observed Aakash Chopra.

South Africa is likely to field a young and rather inexperienced side in the T20 World Cup, with Temba Bavuma at the helm of affairs. It would certainly be a tall ask for them to win their maiden World Cup in unfamiliar conditions. South Africa has never won an ODI or T20I World Cup.

With two T20 World Cups scheduled within a span of one year, South Africa will be keen to see the likes of Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, and Lizaad Williams making a mark in the series.

South Africa Test squad for WI tour

Dean Elgar (C), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Prenelen Subrayen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

South Africa squad for WI and IRE T20Is

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius.

South Africa squad IRE ODIs

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo

South Africa, England, South Africa vs England
South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)
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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.

Faf du Plessis, South Africa, South Africa vs Australia, T20I squad
Quinton de Kock (Image Credit: Twitter)

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, South Africa, South Africa vs Australia, T20I squad
Faf du Plessis (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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.

Faf du Plessis, South Africa, South Africa vs Australia, T20I squad
Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: Twitter)

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.

Dale Steyn, South Africa, South Africa vs Australia, T20I squad
Dale Steyn (Image Credits: Getty Images)

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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DRS Again Enters To The Controversy During Johannesburg ODI

Since the Decision Review System (DRS) has been introduced, we have still experienced some confusion. Most recently, the DRS has again entered to the controversy during the ODI match between South Africa and England at Johannesburg.

It was the series-decider last game of the three-match ODI series that was played on last Sunday (9th February). After winning the toss, the visitors England decided to field first, who were trailing that series by 1-0.

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen were involved in that DRS controversy

During that first innings, the DRS controversy came into the light. The whole incident happened in the 21st over of that innings. On the third ball of that over of Adil Rashid, when the Proteas cricketer Temba Bavuma was given lbw out, Bavuma took the DRS. Due to the unavailability of UltraEdge, the third umpire couldn’t check whether the bat involved or not, and ultimately he had to go with the out decision as the ball was properly hitting the stumps.

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On the very next ball, the new batsman Rassie van der Dussen was given lbw out. The Proteas batsman took the review against that decision while the England camp was confused and unhappy on the acceptance of that DRS request.

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As Bavuma was cleanly lbw out, the only review for South Africa in that innings should have been wasted. But while there was the unavailability of UltraEdge, the third umpire went with the umpire’s call. So, according to the present umpire’s call rule, the review can’t be wasted.

 

Due to that DRS, Rassie van der Dussen saved his wicket as the ball was missing leg-stump. However, he only managed to score five runs as Moeen Ali bowled him in the next over.

England won that match

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The hosts South Africa managed to score 256/7 (50 overs). The opening batsman and captain Quinton de Kock scored 69 runs off 81 balls while David Miller remained not out on 69 runs off 53 balls.

In reply, England got a good start, and they were chasing the target comfortably. But in the very late moment, the English batting faced big collapse. However, they finally managed to chase that target in 43.2 overs after losing eight wickets. The top three run-scorers in that innings were Joe Denly (66), Joe Root (49) and the opener Jonny Bairstow (43). With that victory, the visitors managed to save that series as it ended with the 1-1 margin.

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World Cup Winners England Suffered A Defeat In Their First ODI After CWC 2019 Final

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 champions England suffered a defeat in their first ODI after the CWC 2019 tournament. On Tuesday (4th February), in the opening game of the three-match ODI series against the hosts South Africa at Cape Town, the no.1-ranked ODI team suffered a seven-wicket defeat.

After winning the toss, the hosts decided to field first. While Quinton de Kock-led Proteas side restricted the visitors to 258/8 (50 overs), the hosts chased that down comfortably in 47.4 overs after losing three wickets. It was the highest successful chase in Cape Town ODI history that broke a 19-year-old record.

Though the opener Reeza Hendricks (6) lost his wicket at the early stage in the second innings, captain & wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma handled that situation very well. They put the brilliant 173 runs partnership for the second wicket which made easy their chasing. Skipper de Kock scored 107 runs off 113 balls (11 fours and one sixer) before Joe Root bowled him.

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On the other hand, Bavuma was unlucky as he missed out his ODI century for just two runs. The right-handed batsman scored 98 runs off 103 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes). Rassie van der Dussen (38*) and JJ Smuts (7*) remained not out in that series leading victory.

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Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Apart from Joe Root (1/35), England bowlers Chris Woakes (1/36) and Chris Jordan (1/31) also bagged one wicket each in that second innings of that match.

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England batting struggled despite a good start

In the first batting, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow made a good start with 51 runs partnership. But after that partnership was broken, the visitors were losing their wickets at regular intervals. The English team was once battling on 131/6.

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Joe Denly and Chris Woakes took charge in control and provided a very important 91-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Woakes was dismissed on 40 runs (42 balls). In the end, Denly put another crucial 32 runs partnership with Tom Curran for the eighth wicket. In the final over of that innings, Denly lost his wicket of 87 runs off 103 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes).

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Tabraiz Shamsi was the only South African bowler in that innings who managed to claim more than one wicket. The left-arm chinaman had the bowling figures of 10-0-38-3.

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Temba Bavuma Dropped From Second Test Match Against England

South Africa’s middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma has been dropped from the second Test match against England, confirms Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis on Thursday. Faf du Plessis and the team management has decided to back the rookie batsman Rassie Van der Dussen, who had made his Test debut at Centurion. The right-hander had returned with scores of six and 51 in his maiden Test match and had done a fine job in the series opener.

Consequently, Faf du Plessis has decided to give one more opportunity to the young batsman despite Temba Bavuma getting fit for the second Test. On the other hand, Bavuma has struggled to get going as he has failed to score a half-century in the last 12 innings. The experienced batsman has also scored one century since he has made his Test debut back in 2014.

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Bavuma hasn’t been amongst the runs.

‘We feel its the right thing to do to stick with Rassie. As a player, you feel like you get a bit confidence when you get an extended run – runs or no runs. Luckily he scored some runs in the first Test,’ said Du Plessis.

‘A big part of international cricket is the mental aspect of belonging. Rassie has got a real composure to him and a presence when he bats. He ticks all the right boxes.’

Faf du Plessis added Temba Bavuma’s performance hasn’t been up to the mark and thus he would have to pave his way back into the side after getting good performances in the domestic circuit. The players like Rassie who have done well in the recent past deserve more chances to showcase their talent.

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‘If you’re not finding yourself starting now, it’s about the weight of runs,’ added Du Plessis.

‘Temba was injured before the start of the series but it was a talking point even before the series – whose positions do we need to make sure there is more competition for?

‘It’s about finding guys that are knocking on the door all the time to push us to a level where we can take this batting lineup to win games of cricket consistently. Temba will be the first to say that his performance over the last while wasn’t where it needed to be. Weight of runs would be the way back into the team like it would for anyone.’

South Africa was able to get the much-needed win under their belt as they defeated England by 107 runs in the first Test. du Plessis confirmed that Pieter Malan will replace the injured Aiden Markram. The hosts would like to continue their good form going when they will take on England in the second Test match at Cape Town from January 3.

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