Pacer Dale Steyn has been named in South Africa’s 16-man squad for the upcoming T20I series against England, starting from February 12.
Dale Steyn is making a comeback to the international cricket nearly after a year, having recovered from a recurring shoulder injury.
Steyn last featured for South Africa in March last year and missed the 50-over World Cup in England.
Also, Pite van Biljon and Sisanda Magala have got maiden call-ups.
Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket, in a statement, said that d they gave the captaincy to Quinton de Kock because of his ‘exemplary leadership’ against India.
“We are pleased with the group that we have selected for this upcoming T20 series against England. We have once again taken the opportunity to reward some of the hard workers of our domestic franchise system while some of our key senior players continue with their much-needed rest period and we have again, put our faith in Quinton (de Kock) to lead this group of exciting cricketers, picking up where he left off in India where he
showed exemplary leadership,” CSA’s official website quoted Smith as saying.
He further stated that CSA is currently identifying players for this year’s T20I World Cup, which will be played in Australia.
South Africa’s 16-man squad: Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.
The first T20I will be played at the Buffalo Park on February 12.