South Africa will see the weakened squad participating in the ODI series which will take place in Sri Lanka as many of their top-performers are likely to miss the ODI series. The Absence of strong players will complicate the prospect of making it to the 2023 World Cup. However, the South African team will be in full form in the T20 on the Asian island.
Quinton de Kock has taken the rest for the ODI while David Miller is out due to a hamstring injury. Lungi Ngidi is also citing personal reasons. Bjorn Fortuin has been removed from the group that was in Ireland. However, De Kock, Miller, Ngidi, and Fortuin will be back for the T20 in Sri Lanka.
Junior Dala is new to the ODI squad. Sisanda Magala, who returned home from the ODI series in the Caribbean in June with an ankle injury, is also in the T 20 mix. Dewaine Pretorius who has been ranked in the squad, after he recovered from the covid due which he could not participate in the west indies and Ireland series.
All the star players in the South African team were present in the ODI against Ireland. Despite that, they failed to win the series. That loss resulted in the South African team having 10th place in the world cup super league. The top seven sides in March 2023 will earn places at that year’s World Cup, along with hosts India. Another two teams will come through a qualifying tournament. There’s a long way to go yet before the World Cup line-up is finalized but South Africa won’t want to leave points on the table.
They have had a largely successful few months, winning nine of the dozen matches they played across the formats in the Caribbean and Ireland. But their supporters will look for signs in Sri Lanka that they have returned to their hallmarks of quality fast bowling, dependable batting, and aggressive fielding – which weren’t always apparent during their last two tours.
South Africa squads:
ODI: Temba Bavuma (captain), Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.
T20I: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizard Williams.
Schedule (all matches day/night at R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo):
ODIs: September 2, 4, and 7.
T20Is: September 10, 12, and 14.