South Africa has announced its 15-member team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Australia. One striking absence is from the squad.
Temba Bavuma will lead the side at the T20 World Cup for the second year in a row after completing a complete recovery from an elbow injury sustained during the tour to India in June.
Rassie van den Dussen was the most prominent omission in the squad. He missed the flight from Australia because of a finger injury that required surgery. Although it would be difficult to replace Rassie van der Dussen, the Proteas would hope there is enough firepower to compensate.
The Proteas didn’t mess with the team that traveled for the T20 World Cup last season, with only three modifications.
We take a look at the most important takeaways from this squad announcement.
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Rassie injury dents middle order
Rassie van der Dussen’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for South Africa. He sustained a finger injury in the second Test against England at Manchester. However, he continued to fight on. After the match, he had to fly home and now will need surgery. He will be out of action for at least six more weeks.
Rassie, the second-highest T20I run getter for the Proteas in this decade’s T20I season, has quickly established himself as the backbone of South Africa’s batting order. He was also a key cog in the previous World Cup campaigns in UAE and Oman. Aiden Markram, David Miller and David Miller will assume the responsibility of the middle order in his absence. They have been excellent of late.
Tristan Stubbs is one of three new members to the squad. He has impressed throughout his brief international career. Stubbs has the experience to make up Rassie’s absence.
T20 globetrotter finds a place
Two months ago, it was more than six years that Rilee Rossouw had played in South African colours for T20Is. Two months later, the T20 globetrotter is back in the squad for Australia’s World Cup.
Rossouw’s T20 statistics tell you enough about his credentials in the shortest format. In 261 games, the 32 year-old scored 6633 runs at an averaging of 30.99 hitting at 142.40. Rossouw has experience in almost every major league in the world, which could be a huge asset to South Africa’s batting lineup.
He scored a 96* from 55 balls against England on his international return and proved that he has the ability to conquer the world. Rossouw could be the game-changer in South Africa by winning the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Pretorius, Parnell push all-rounder duo in reserves
Dwaine Pretorius’ inclusion and Wayne Parnell’s inclusion were two of the most intriguing aspects of South Africa’s selection. Parnell, just like Rossouw has recently returned to South Africa’s team after a gap close to five years in June during the series against India. He has now beaten Marco Jansen to the squad thanks to his experience.
Pretorius on the other hand has been a great player and is now one of the most sought after T20 players in franchise leagues all over the world.
During the virtual conference, Victor Mpitsang, CSA’s convenor, spoke out about his duo’s ability bowl in the dying that gave them an edge over Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo, who both find themselves in reserves for the World Cup squad.
“Wayne gives us a different variation upfront, and his performances with the new ball and at the death,” Mpitsang explained. “The way Pretorius has bowled at the middle and the end has stood out. A guy like Andile (Phehlukwayo) had a good run. It’s a good back-up to have.”
Pretorius and Parnell round off the three changes to South Africa’s squad from the previous World Cup. South Africa has a squad which has almost all the boxes ticked and will be hoping that the new inclusions can fire them maiden T20 World Cup glory.
South Africa name T20 World Cup squad
Cricket South Africa (CSA), Tuesday announced the Proteas’ team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022 in Australia. Rassie van den Dussen was the only notable absentee from the squad. He continues to recover from the finger injury sustained in the second Test against England. The surgery is scheduled for Rassie van der Dussen, who will be out of action at least six weeks.
Good news for South Africa: Captain Temba Bavuma, who suffered an elbow injury in the T20I series against India last June, has fully recovered and will lead the Proteas to a second World Cup.
Rilee Rossow made his return to South Africa’s T20I setup in July after a gap in six years. He also finds a spot in the squad.
The same 15-member team will travel to India to play three matches in the T20I series, which takes place later this month. This is ahead of the World Cup.
Speaking on the squad selection, CSA Convenor of Selectors Victor Mpitsang said: “This has been a really 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 galvanise the team.
“This group of players showed off their brilliant skill and talent when they overcame England in England recently. These sort of performances only bode well for us heading to the World Cup. Overall we are delighted with mix of players that have been chosen and look forward to watching them represent the country in Australia.”
Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rillee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.
Reserves: Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo.
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