South Africa squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Bavuma to lead; Faf, Morris, Tahir to miss out

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Tahir
and
du
Plessis
had
retired
from
the
other
forms
of
the
game
to
focus
on
playing
in
the
showpiece
event
scheduled
to
be
held
in
the
UAE
from
October
17
to
November
14.

Temba
Bavuma,
who
had
surgery
on
Sunday
and
is
expected
to
be
fit
by
mid
to
late
October,
will
lead
the
young
team,
which
also
features
Keshav
Maharaj,
the
left-arm
spinner
who
is
yet
to
play
a
T20
International.

In
Bavuma’s
absence,
Maharaj
will
captain
South
Africa
in
the
upcoming
T20I
series
in
Sri
Lanka.

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“Kesh
is
an
excellent
leader,”
said
Victor
Mpitsang,
CSA’s
convenor
of
selectors.
“He
has
the
backing
of
the
team
and
us
as
a
panel.
He
has
more
than
proven
his
leadership
skills
in
the
Dolphins
set
up
and
reinforced
our
good
decision
during
the
ODI
series
against
Sri
Lanka
which
ended
on
Tuesday.

“His
exemplary
captaincy
is
what
we
believe
is
in
the
best
interests
of
the
team’s
stability
during
this
last
international
series
that
the
team
gets
to
play
ahead
of
the
World
Cup.”

In
the
spin
department,
apart
from
Maharaj,
Tabraiz
Shamsi
and
Bjorn
Fortuin
will
be
the
specialist
bowlers
in
the
squad.

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Quinton
de
Kock,
Aidem
Markram,
Heinrich
Klaasen
and
David
Miller
will
form
part
of
an
experienced
batting
line-up,
while
the
fast-bowling
line-up
features
Kagiso
Rabada,
Lungi
Ngidi
and
Anrich
Nortje.

“There
is
no
better
time
than
now
for
us
to
bring
home
the
trophy,
and
bring
the
nation
together
in
a
way
that
only
sport
can,”
said
Mpitsang.

“We
hope
that
South
Africans
will
rally
behind
this
team
and
cheer
them
all
the
way
to
the
final.”

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George
Linde,
Andile
Phehlukwayo
and
Lizaad
Williams
were
named
as
reserve
players.

South
Africa
have
been
placed
in
Group
1
in
the
showpiece
event
alongside
Australia,
England,
and
West
Indies.


The
Squad:

Temba
Bavuma
(Captain),
Keshav
Maharaj,
Quinton
de
Kock
(wk),
Bjorn
Fortuin,
Reeza
Hendricks,
Heinrich
Klaasen,
Aiden
Markram,
David
Miller,
W
Mulder,
Lungi
Ngidi,
Anrich
Nortje,
Dwaine
Pretorius,
Kagiso
Rabada,
Tabraiz
Shamsi,
Rassie
van
der
Dussen.

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