AB de Villiers Out Of Bangladesh Tests
South Africa's batting genius AB de Villiers will not be a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh in July.
De Villiers’ streak of 98 successive Test appearances which is the fifth best in history will come to an end due to paternity leave.
However, de Villiers will be a part of the Twenty20 Internationals and One-Day Internationals on the tour which will precede the Test series on the tour.
Four uncapped players – opening batsman Reeza Hendricks, wicket-keeper batsman Dane Vilas, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso and pacer Kagiso Rabada have been picked in the Test squad.
Convenor of Selectors Andrew Hudson explained the need for the changes that have been made in the squads for the Bangladesh tour.
Although the Test squad features uncapped players, Hudson seemed extremely confident of the rookies’ abilities.
Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Stiaan van Zyl, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel , Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Vilas
AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Eddie Leie, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks
“The changes have been brought about partly by the retirement of Alviro Petersen and the non-availability of AB de Villiers who has been granted paternity leave,” said Hudson.
“Reeza and Stiaan van Zyl are both options to open the batting and Stiaan can also be used in AB’s batting position in the middle-order.”
“Dane provides us with the wicketkeeping cover that would normally also be AB’s responsibility.
“Aaron gives us a left-arm spin bowling option and we see this as the ideal opportunity to involve Kagiso in the Test team environment once again, so he will be the back-up fast bowling option.”
While de Villiers is set to miss the Test series, teammates Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will be rested for the ODI series which will otherwise feature the same squad that played the World Cup this year.
Pacer Chris Morris and all-rounder Ryan McLaren are back in the side as the replacements for the duo for the ODI series.
Steyn and Morkel have been rested for the Twenty20 Internationals as well along with leg-spinner Imran Tahir as the South African think-tank looks for depth in bowling.
Hudson is aware of the need to develop a fine bench strength for different conditions such as the one they will encounter in Bangladesh.
“We need to explore our bowling options under sub-continent conditions,” Hudson said.
“Morris has done well in the IPL as have David Wiese and Beuran Hendricks and this tour represents an important opportunity to broaden their international playing experience.”
South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh will kick-off with the T20I series on 5th July in Mirpur.
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