Cricket South Africa named a 24-man strong squad for the upcoming ODI and T20I series of three matches each against England at home. The T20I series starts on November 27 and the ODI series begins on December 4.
“With the bio-secure environment where movement in and out of the squad will be limited, we had to make sure that we have all our bases covered with the 24 players,” new convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang said in a media release from Cricket South Africa on Friday.
“It also gives the team the opportunity to play some inter-squad games just to make sure that they sharpen up those white-ball skills before the series start,” he added.
Veteran pacer Dale Steyn misses out on the squad which sees names of former captain Faf du Plessis, along with Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaassen and others. Seamer Glenton Stuurman earned a first call-up to Proteas squad.
Also missing from the squad was AB de Villiers who had shown interest in a return to international cricket.
The teams will play three One-Day International matches and three Twenty20 games in Cape Town and Paarl from Nov. 27-Dec. 9, with the entire squad available for both formats.
South Africa Squad:
Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne
27 November: South Africa v England, 1st T20, Newlands, Cape Town
29 November: South Africa v England, 2nd T20, Boland Park, Paarl
1 December: South Africa v England, 3rd T20, Newlands, Cape Town
4 December: South Africa v England, 1st ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
6 December: South Africa v England, 2nd ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
9 December: South Africa v England, 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town