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CSA names T20I and ODI squads for Australia tour

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has today named the squads for the white-ball tour against Australia.

Momentum Multiply Titans and former SA U19 batter Dewald Brevis earns his maiden call-up to both the T20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) squads. The 20-year-old made a name for himself as the leading run-scorer at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in January 2022 with 506 runs – the most by any batter in a single edition of the tournament.

The right-hander has since gone on to impress in T20 leagues around the world and currently holds the record for the highest individual domestic T20 score in South Africa – 162 off 57 balls – which he struck during last season’s CSA T20 Challenge. He also enjoyed success in the recent SA ‘A’ tour to Sri Lanka, where he hit a 71-ball 98 in the first unofficial 50-over match.

Joining Brevis in the T20I squad for the first time are his Titans teammates Donovan Ferreira and Gerald Coetzee – the latter could add to his Test and ODI caps if selected – as well as Dafabets Warriors batter, Matthew Breetzke.

Keshav Maharaj has been included for the second and third T20Is as well as the ODI squad as the spinner continues his comeback from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, which he sustained during the Betway Test series against West Indies in March.

Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada are rested for the three-match KFC T20I series and will return for the five-match Betway ODI series.

The 15-player squad for the World Cup will be announced on 05 September.

Commenting on the selection, white-ball head coach Rob Walter said: “We are looking for opportunities to grow our base of players, and the T20I series against Australia is a perfect chance to give some of the rising cricketers in the country the chance to show us what they are capable of.

“For this reason, we have included players such as Dewald, Donovan and Matthew. These are guys that have been performing consistently week in and week out domestically so we are now looking forward to seeing what they can do at the next level. They also possess a particular skill set that fits into the way we are looking to play the game moving forward.

“We are also happy to welcome back Keshav. He has made significant progress and is ahead of where we expected him to be at this point in time with his recovery and so we’ve included him in the squads to give him the best chance to be available for selection for the World Cup squad.

“If by some chance he’s not ready to play in the second and third T20Is, he will then be replaced in the squad and then we’ll set our target on the ODI series, which is even more important to us just a month out from the World Cup.”

Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe added: “This is a really exciting time for all South Africans; the World Cup is on the horizon and India awaits. I think every single one of the players that have been selected deserve full credit for making the squads.

“They have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and this tour against a strong Australia side will provide us the perfect preparation for what is to come over the coming months. I am sure it will be a very hard-fought tour against one of the world’s best teams.”

Proteas T20I squad against Australia

Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (DP World Lions), Matthew Breetzke (Dafabet Warriors), Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Donovan Ferreira (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans) and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

Proteas ODI squad against Australia

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors), and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

Tour Itinerary

KFC T20I Series

Wednesday, 30 August – 18:00   

South Africa vs Australia – Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban  

Friday, 01 September – 18:00 

South Africa vs Australia – Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban  

Sunday, 03 September – 14:00  

South Africa vs Australia – Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban  

Betway ODI Series  

Thursday, 07 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 

Saturday, 09 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 

Tuesday, 12 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom 

Friday, 15 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – SuperSport Park, Centurion 

Sunday, 17 September – 10:00 

South Africa vs Australia – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

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