Faf du Plessis will miss the Test series opener against England at Lord’s starting July 6 due to family reasons, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Monday (July 3). The South Africa Test skipper, who missed the preceding T20I series to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, will not be able to join the squad in time for the first Test after opting to extend his stay owing to a “difficult delivery.”
The first Test begins on July 6 with subsequent games scheduled at Trent Bridge (July 14), The Oval (July 27) and Old Trafford (Aug 4).
South Africa’s Test squad:
Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy , Dean Elgar (stand-in captain), Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
Team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. “The mother and baby have settled at home, but he will be unable to make it back in time to take part in the first Test match. He will link up with the squad in the UK later this week.”