Theunis de Bruyn, one of South Africa’s brightest batting prospects, has been named in their squad for the first two matches of the three-Test series nearby Sri Lanka. The 24-year-olden was included in a 13-man squad for the Boxing Day Test in Port Elizabeth and the Newlands Test before reference to January 2 after AB de Villiers and Rilee Rossouw remained unavailable due to offend.
“De Bruyn is the latest player to be rewarded for consistently pleasing form at franchise and South Africa A level,” South Africa’s selection convener, Linda Zondi, said. “He has an outstanding first-class career average of 48.73 (six centuries) and has made 423 runs at 60.42 in this season’s Sunfoil Series four-daylight competition.”
De Bruyn’s journey into the national squad has been odd, in that he largely skipped the provincial setup that operates as the second tier in South Africa’s domestic system, and proceeded straight to franchise level.
He marked his List A debut for the Titans when an 85-ball century at the begin of the 2014/15 season and scored a first-class double-century for South Africa A neighboring to the visiting England Lions just three months highly developed.
Thanks to a stellar first season in franchise cricket, he became the third quickest South African batsman to realize 1000 first-class runs. Although he had a quieter second season back the Titans last term, his form has returned into the future he moved to the Knights last winter and took in the works the captaincy.
Meanwhile, Wayne Parnell has returned to the squad after missing the tour of Australia due to outrage. Parnell played the last of his four Tests in February 2014 and has not been working in any first-class cricket this season, but showed suggestions of form in the game’s shorter formats.
Fast bowler Morne Morkel was not considered for selection because of setting pain, though Dane Vilas and Tabraiz Shamsi have been left out from the squad that won 2-1 in Australia recently.
The series closely Sri Lanka will be Faf du Plessis’ first as the ascribed captain – appropriately long as he does not have his punishment for ball-tampering increased by the Judicial Commissioner overseeing his magnetism concerning Monday.
Du Plessis was found guilty of applying an gloomy substance to the ball during the second Test adjacent to Australia in Hobart, but has appealed the decision.
Michael Beloff QC has been appointed as the judicial manager for Monday’s hearing, and has the faculty to “optional association or subside, exchange or otherwise drama a added decision concerning the appropriateness (or on the other hand) of the sanction imposed at first instance.”
Cricket South Africa have not named a vice-captain in the squad for the Sri Lanka series and by yourself direction toward to appoint a long-term one in January. Should du Plessis become unavailable for the first Test subsequently an vary captain will be named adjacent week.
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.