On Monday, 14th of November, Cricket South Africa announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia, which will start at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 17.
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Dean Elgar will continue to lead the side. Rassie van der Dussen, who missed the entire T20 World Cup due to a finger injury, has returned to the side.
Theunis de Bruyn, who last featured for the national side in 2019, has been recalled into the side and will play a crucial role in the middle order for the Proteas.
Keshav Maharaj has recovered too and will most likely feature in the South African XI in the first test at Gabba. The 22-year-old pacer.
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Gerald Coetzee, who has taken 40 wickets at an average of 28.82 and a career-best 4-47 in his 13 first-class matches thus far, has earned his maiden Test call-up.
Temba Bavuma has been selected as well, he will be the vice-captain of the team and a key player in the middle order for South Africa.
Wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen replaces Ryan Rickelton, who played the last of his three Tests against England in September.
“We are pleased with the group of players that have been assembled for this tour. I think the selectors now have a core group of Proteas that has been built and it is just about building on what we have. ” said Victor Mpitsang, the national selector
“There is a welcome return for our vice-captain Temba after his injury and we are also happy to have Rassie back too following his finger injury in England. I am especially excited about our pace attack, which is no doubt growing in stature and strength,” he added.
The South African squad will depart for Australia on December 1 and will play an unofficial four-day match against Cricket Australia XI from December 9 at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
South Africa Test squad:
Dean Elgar (C), Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper), Temba Bavuma, Gerald Coetzee, Theunis de Bruyn, Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Khaya Zondo.