It has been a stellar month for the 23-year-old who set a record for the most wickets during the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge and has earned a contract for the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the tournament’s defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, as a result of this form.
The other notable addition is that of The Unlimited Titans all-rounder, Albie Morkel, who returns to the T20 squad, having played the last of his 42 T20 International matches against India in Sri Lanka during the 2012 edition of the ICC World Twenty20. He is also a veteran of 58 ODI’s, the last of which was also in 2012 in New Zealand.
Proteas Blue Label Telecoms squad: Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (bizhub Highveld Lions), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Albie Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (bizhub Highveld Lions).
“Both Beuran and Albie fully deserve their selection following outstanding campaigns in the RAM SLAM T20,” commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson. “As always, there are unlucky players but we feel we have chosen the right combination for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent.
“Beuran’s claims could not be ignored and the experience that Albie will bring on board is important for a high profile tournament of this nature. The bulk of these players (11 out of 15) were part of our squad that won their T20 series in Sri Lanka last year under similar conditions.
“The Australian series will provide extremely competitive international cricket and will give our squad just the preparation they need for what we hope will be a successful campaign.”
Team Sponsor, Blue Label Telecoms, also sent their best wishes to the team.
“This is a very exciting and well led squad with significant strike power, and one which enjoys our full support and confidence for the ICC World Twenty20. We wish Faf and his team well and look forward to them returning as champions,” said Rob Fleming, Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Label Telecoms.
KFC T20 Internationals:
09 March 2014 – Axxess St Georges
12 March 2014 – Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
14 March 2014 – SuperSport Park
The team leaves for Bangladesh on 15 March.