Durban: Cricket South Africa named their squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against England that will be held immediately after the ICC Champions Trophy. AB de Villiers is named the captain of the side in the absence of South Africa’s regular T20 skipper, Faf du Plessis.
Farhaan Behardien was the skipper for South Africa’s recently concluded T20 series against Sri Lanka, which the latter won 2-1.
He praised the players for their impressive performers in the past and stated that the cricket network in South Africa is consistently churning out talented players.
South Africa toured England for a five-match ODI series right before the Champions Trophy, which South Africa won 3-2. A three-match T20 series and a five-match test series between the two will follow after curtains have been drawn on the Champions Trophy.
South Africa will look to improve upon their dismal campaign in the Champions Trophy by performing well in the England tour. De Villiers is certainly struggling with form right now and you would hope that he will finally be able to cut the mustard in this series.
England’s aggressive side is tough to contain in the shorter format of the game, especially in T20s. However, most of their key members have been rested for the series. The South African squad, on the other hand, looks strong and balanced.
Considering the matches will be played on England’s home turf, it would be interesting to see what transpires in the three matches.
South Africa T20 squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, JJ Smuts