Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced the ODI and T20I squads for their tour of Sri Lanka that is set to commence on 2 September in Colombo. Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in the three ODIs and three T20Is against Sri Lanka between 2 and 14 September at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in 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 10 September. 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 T20I series will be key for both teams to test their preparedness for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year. “The Selection Panel is pleased to announce the squads that will go to Sri Lanka at the end of this month,” said Victor Mpitsang, the CSA Convenor of Selectors. “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.”
“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.”
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.