Cricket South Africa has been named the 13-man squad for the three-match Test home series against Sri Lanka, which will commence from December 26, 2016.
The Proteas selectors have selected uncapped right-handed batsman Theunis de Bruyn, who replaced injured all-rounder Rilee Rossouw.
There have been some big names, who were not available for selection, includes AB de Villiers, pace bowling spearhead Dale Steyn and fast bowler Morne Morkel and Rossouw.
CSA selection convener, Linda Zondi quoted by SACricketMag as saying, “De Bruyn is the latest player to be rewarded for consistently good form at the franchise and South Africa A level. He has an outstanding first-class career average of 48.73 (6 centuries) and has made 423 runs at 60.42 in this season’s Sunfoil Series four-day competition.”
He added, “As far as the overall squad is concerned they deserve the fullest vote of confidence for their performances in the two recent Test series against New Zealand and Australia and we are looking forward to more of the same against Sri Lanka.”
Zondi concluded, “Credit to AB de Villiers for the smooth way the leadership transition has taken place. We certainly look forward to having him back for the limited-overs portion of the tour. Faf has done an outstanding job in the last two Test series and our leadership is in very good hands.”
Here are the South African Test squad:
Faf du Plessis (Titans, C), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Knights), Quinton de Kock (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions).