Temba Bavuma returns to lead South Africa in T20 World Cup 2022

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Victor Mpitsang says we are also delighted to welcome back our captain Temba Bavuma from injury and we have no doubt his return will further galvanize the team

Temba Bavuma will drive South Africa in the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting in Australia and also in the limited-overs series against India while Bavuma was ruled out of the ongoing England tour due to an elbow injury in the fourth T20I against India in June this year.

Temba Bavuma will drive South Africa in the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting in Australia and also in the limited-overs series against India.

Bavuma was ruled out of the ongoing England tour due to an elbow injury in the fourth T20I against India in June this year. However, South Africa’s premier limited overs batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been ruled out of both the tournaments due to a left index finger injury that he sustained during the second Test against England at Manchester. He will go through a medical procedure and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.

Other notable names included in the South African T20 squad are Rilee Rossouw, Tristan Stubbs, and Wayne Parnell. Stubbs, who will play in his maiden World Cup, was in impressive form in the T20Is against England. Rossouw, who signed a Kolpak deal with Hampshire in 2017, returned to the South African set-up for the T20I series in England where he averaged 65.5.

Reeza Hendricks, who has been in fine form in T20Is, having scored up 296 runs in his last five matches, has also been added. So Proteas currently has a satiate of top order choices, with Aiden Makram, Quinton de Kock, and Bavuma also in the blend. 

On the bowling front, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi will lead a considerable speed assault. Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two frontline spinners, while Dwaine Pretorius is the main all-rounder.

CSA Convenor of Selectors Victor Mpitsang said:

“This has been a tough squad to select, simply because we had so many players in excellent form over the past few months and performing at a level that made the selectors sit up and notice them.

“Someone like Tristan Stubbs who was not in the frame a year ago has done incredibly well to force his way into the mix based on his performances and his selection should be an inspiration for every young player out there. We are also delighted to welcome back our captain Temba Bavuma from injury and we have no doubt his return will further galvanize the team.

“This group of players showed off their brilliant skill and talent when they overcame England in England recently. These sorts of performances only bode well for us heading to the World Cup. Overall we are delighted with a mix of players that have been chosen and look forward to watching them represent the country in Australia,”

he added.

South Africa has also named a 15-member squad for the three-match ODI series against India, starting on October 6, 9, and 11.

South Africa squad for T20 World Cup & T20Is vs India: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.

Travelling Reserves: Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo.

South Africa ODI squad against India: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell , Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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