South Africa opening batsman Reeza Hendricks has been called up to the team's T20I squad for the remaining two games against Australia, following injuries to Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Sunday, 23 February.
Hendricks was a part of the squad for both, the ODI and T20I series against England earlier this month, but didn't get a single game in the latter, after consistent returns from Temba Bavuma at the top. He was overlooked for the Australia series earlier, but now gets a look in following injuries to Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen.
While Bavuma is recovering from a hamstring strain, which he picked up during the decider of the three-match series against England in Centurion, Klaasen had suffered a right hip injury during the team's warm-up session ahead of the T20I series opener in Johannesburg. The second game will be played in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
#BreakingNews Reeza Hendricks has been called up to the Proteas’ T20 team as cover following the injuries of Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen. #SAvAUS #Thread pic.twitter.com/KUnXfI3mXd— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 23, 2020
"Both Bavuma and Klaasen will continue to be treated and will be reassessed ahead of the start of the second match," CSA said in a statement.
Hendricks' last T20I appearance came in the third T20I against India in Bengaluru in September 2019. He had starred with the bat in his side's 3-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka in February last year, aggregating 139 runs from three games.