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Quinton de Kock to lead South Africa in T20Is against India

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New Delhi: Left handed batsman Quinton de Kock will lead South Africa’s T20I side in their upcoming tour of India.

Faf du Plessis has not been included in the squad for the three-match T20I series but remains in charge of the Test side. Rassie van der Dussen will serve as de Kock’s deputy in the series while Bavuma has been named as vice-captain of the Test side.

Anrich Nortje, Rudi Second and Senuran Muthusamy have all received maiden Test-call ups for the three-Test series against India, beginning in October. The Tests will be preceded by the three T20Is, and South Africa’s squad in the shorter format also includes three new faces: Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin, and Nortje. 

Chris Morris – who represented the Proteas at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – did not make himself available for selection for the tour with no reason offered for his absence in Cricket South Africa’s announcement.

To prepare for the Test series, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, and Lungi Ngidi did not come under consideration for selection in the T20Is and will instead play for South Africa A against India A. 

CSA’s acting director of cricket Corrie Van Zyl discussed the omission of du Plessis from South Arica’s T20I squad as the Proteas build towards next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.

“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group,” said Van Zyl. 

“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket,” he added.

The first T20I will take place on 15 September in Dharamsala, with the Test series to follow, starting on 2 October in Visakhapatnam.

South Africa T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.