Test squad named for Aus tour



October 11, 2016
Test squad named for Aus tour


Proteas are confident with their player selection.

The Proteas named a confident and in-form group of players for their tour Down Under next month.

The three-Test series will feature the much-talked-about pink-ball clash under the lights at Adelaide.

With regular skipper AB de Villiers set to miss the series due to surgery to correct an elbow injury, there is scope for some players to make their mark.

Missing a player of AB’s quality would have rocked the Proteas in recent times and indeed any team in the world.

He’s billed at sixth in the Test batting rankings, with a magnificent 50 average.

But such has been the form of the selected batting unit and stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis’ captaincy that the supreme attacking batsman can almost rest assured that the Proteas will be fine without him.

Hashim Amla is in good nick as is Quinton de Kock, who has shown that he can open the batting in the longer game with two half-centuries at the top of the order against New Zealand in August.

De Kock came in for injured Dean Elgar, who returns from injury.

Temba Bavuma and Stephen Cook showed grit for the Lions on a crazy pitch against the Cobras in a low-scoring match last week, while Rilee Rossouw is timing the ball sweetly.

The South Africans are on the brink of an historic whitewash of the Aussies.

And while that is in the ODI game, never underestimate the psychological edge this series can give the Proteas.

The hold the bowlers have over Aussie batsmen will definitely be playing on the mind of opposition captain Steven Smith.

Steyn and Philander looked like their old selves against the Kiwis. They will have back-up from the ever-improving Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott who is finding form at just the right time.

The inclusion of two newbie spinners could be just what the Proteas need after realising the importance of slowing the game down and adding variety to the attack.

Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj, both left-arm orthodox turners (turning away from the righthand batsman) can also stick around in the tail if SA need them too.

So there is balance and confidence to bury the Aussies Down Under.

Proteas Test Squad:

Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Lions), Stephen Cook (Lions), Quinton de Kock (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras)

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