Cape Town – Cricket South Africa (CSA) today called Titans batsman Aiden Markram and Varriors duo fast polucilindar Anrich Nortje and vicketkeeper / batsman Sinethemba Keshile as new caps in Proteas' team for the T20 International Series against Sri Lanka starting next week.
Markram and Norte are in the team for all three matches, while 20-year-old Keshile has been selected only for the second and third matches.
"The first match is part of our vision in 2019 to continue to explore our options for the World Cup in the men's competition of the ICC," said Linda Zondi, head of the CSA selection committee, "and the team for this match is mainly a squad they were in the ODI series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We would like to include Hashim Amla, but unfortunately he remains inaccessible due to his family situation.
"We used our T20 International games in the past as the first port to expand talent. This led to the fact that Rassie van der Dussen, Gihan Cloete, Janneman Malan and Lutho Sipamla were brought through a pipeline with significant success during the current season.
"Sinethemba Keshile had an extraordinary season of beginners in franchise cricket and is certainly one of the forms of franchise cricketers at the moment. It looks really exciting.
"JP Dumini will take over the captaincy for the last two matches while we will give a short break to Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Cock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi who are included in all three formats for Proteas," Zondi concluded.
Proteas skuad (for the 1st T20 international match against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Titans, Captain), Quinton de Cock (Titans), JP Dumini (Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Delfini), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Delfini), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Varriors), Andile Phehlukvaio (Delfini), Dvaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Dale Stein (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions) .
Proteas skuad (for 2nd and 3rd International KFC T20 matches against Sri Lanka): t JP Dumini (Cape Cobras, captain), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Delfini), Chris Morris (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Varriors), Andile Phehlukvaio (Delfini), Dvaine Pretorius Lions), Sinethemba Keshile (Varriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Varriors), Dale Stein (Multipli Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions).
March 19: 18:00, 1st T20 International, Nevlands, Cape Town (D / N)
March 22 18:00, 2nd T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D / N)
March 24 14:30, 3rd T20 International, Vanderers Stadium (Dan)