AB de Villiers will lead South Africa in the Twenty20 International series against England, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday(June 13). De Villiers will captain the side in the absence of Faf du plessis, who will miss the series and return home for the birth of his first child.
“We have also been impressed as a panel by the quality of players coming through our franchise and South Africa ‘A’ system and we are ready to give further opportunities to Andile Phehlukwayo, Mangaliso Mosehle, Jon-Jon Smuts and Dane Paterson who all made their debuts in the recent series against Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, Lungi Ngidi could not be considered because of injury,” Linda Zondi, the CSA National Selection Panel convener, said.
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“This is an exciting opportunity for the newcomers to play alongside world-class and experienced players like AB, Farhaan, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell.”
The first T20I will be played in Southampton on June 21 followed by games in Taunton and Cardiff on June 23 and 25 respectively. South Africa lost the preceding ODI series 1-2, ahead of the Champions Trophy.
Squad: AB de Villiers(c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.