Markram & Nortje named in SA’s T20 squad

2019-03-17 at 17:36

South Africa has named allrounder Aiden Markram, fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile in the T20I squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka, starting March 19. Markram and Nortje have been picked for all three matches while the uncapped Qeshile has been selected only for the last two T20Is.

JP Duminy, meanwhile, has been named captain for the second and the third T20Is as designated captain Faf du Plessis will be rested for those games along with Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

Markram has played 17 Tests and 18 ODIs for South Africa since his international debut in October 2017, and Nortje got his national cap in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Qeshile, 20, meanwhile, only has 13 first-class and 12 List A appearances – for Warriors – against his name.

Cricket South Africa in a statement said “The first match forms part of our vision 2019 to continue exploring our options for the ICC Men’s World Cup and the squad for that match consists largely of the squads that have been doing duty in the Momentum ODI Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We would have liked to include Hashim Amla but unfortunately he remains unavailable because of his family situation.”

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