21-year-old batter Tristan Stubbs has been included in South Africa's 16-man squad for the five-match T20I series in India, beginning 9 June.
Stubbs was included after a string of impressive performances in the Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge. Playing for the Gbets Warriors, he scored 293 runs in seven innings at a solid average of 48.83 and a strike-rate of 183.12. He also toured Zimbabwe as a part of the South Africa 'A' team and was called up by the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022 as a replacement for the injured Tymal Mills.
A surprise addition to the list is 32-year-old Wayne Parnell, who is returning to the T20I format after a gap of five years. Parnell last played in a T20I series against England in June 2017.
Also returning to the squad are fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who was recovering from a persistent hip injury since December 2021, and batters Heinrich Klaasen and Reeza Hendricks.
The rest of the squad is made up of the usual suspects and will be led by Temba Bavuma. This is will be South Africa's first T20I series since the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup last year.
"This is the Proteas like we have not seen them in a long time," said CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang. "The injection of the IPL players means that we will have a team that’s ready to fire on all cylinders immediately and has vast experience of the conditions that we will be playing in.
"Tristan Stubbs is an exciting prospect and we’re keen to see what he’s made of and we are looking forward to the return of the experience of Reeza (Hendricks), Klaasie (Heinrich Klaasen) and Wayne Parnell to join the likes of Temba (Bavuma), Tabraiz (Shamsi) and Keshav (Maharaj).
"The country can also join us in a collective sigh of relief at the return of Anrich Nortje, who has been working hard to recover from a frustrating injury.
"The National Selection Panel and I are really excited to watch our full strength Proteas take on the world’s number one T20 team," he added.
T20I squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen
9 June – 1st T20I, Delhi
12 June – 2nd T20I, Cuttack
14 June – 3rd T20I, Vizag
17 June – 4th T20I, Rajkot
19 June – 5th T20I, Bengaluru
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