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South Africa Announce Squad For The Australia T20I Series

After a thrilling and exciting T20I series against England, South Africa is now all set to host Australia in a three-match T20I series starting with the first T20I scheduled on February 21 in Johannesburg. The second and third T20I matches will be commencing on February 23 and 26 in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively. The troika of Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks and Sisanda Magala have been dropped from the squad that played against England.

Temba Bavuma, who opened the batting along with captain Quinton de Kock, has been named in the squad but his availability remains subjected due to fitness issues. He pulled his hamstring in the final T20I match against England. However, the highlighting news remains the return of Kagiso Rabada and Faf du Plessis.

"The T20 series may not have been won but it was really pleasing to see our batting unit play so well," Independent Selector Linda Zondi said.

"They showed a lot of aggression, particularly upfront, in every match which set a good foundation for the rest of the line-up to follow. The very exciting bursts of cricket that we were served up bode very well for the future, especially in the short term as we begin our hunt in earnest for the T20 World Cup squad.

"As a selection panel, we are happy with the team that we have finalised for the Australia tour. We are confident that the return of Kagiso (Rabada) and Anrich (Nortje) will provide the boost that the bowling unit needs in order to return to its dangerous ways and that the experience of Faf (du Plessis) will add an extra dimension to the batting unit's already fledgling prowess," Zondi concluded.

South Africa T20I squad

Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Temba Bavuma (subject to fitness) Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.