SA v AUS 2018: South Africa announce squad for the series; Heinrich Klaasen included

South Africa and Australia will play four Tests.

Heinrich Klaasen was included in SA squad for  the Test series against Australia | Getty

South Africa will gear up for a tough challenge as they face Australia in a four Tests series after the completion of Indian series.

South Africa has announced their 15 men squad which includes uncapped duo of Heinrich Klaasen and Wiaan Mulder. Klaasen came into limelight after taking South Africa to a win against India in the second T20I match against India, as he slammed a 30 ball 69 runs and won the Man of the match for his efforts.

Klaasen will also act as a backup to Quinton de Kock, who will be coming back from a wrist injury.

20-year-old Wiaan Mulder on the other hand has played a single ODI for South Africa and is currently playing in the three day warm-up match against Australia in Benoni.

Klaasen has been tremendously impressive in the white-ball matches he has played for the Proteas and we firmly believe he can become just as good a player in the five-day format,” said Cricket South Africa selector Linda Zondi. 

Zondi continued, “He has averaged nearly 50 with the bat in Sunfoil four-day cricket this season and hit two centuries. We are also keen to have a back-up wicketkeeper to De Kock in the squad. The selection of Mulder continues our strategy to expand our pool of all-rounders against top quality opposition.

South Africa squad:
Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada

SA v AUS Test series Itinerary:

First Test: Kingsmead, Durban, March 1-5

Second Test: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, March 9-13

Third Test: Newlands, Cape Town, March 22-26

Fourth Test: Wanderers, Johannesburg, March 30-April 3

By Jatin Sharma - 24 Feb, 2018

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