S Africa name un­capped De Bruyn for S Lanka tests

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South Africa have named un­capped bats­man The­u­nis de Bruyn in their in­jury-hit squad for the three-match home test se­ries against Sri Lanka that starts on De­cem­ber 26.

The 24-year-old explosive righthander has been in­cluded af­ter Rilee Ros­souw was ruled out with a foot in­jury, adding to the ab­sences of for­mer captain AB de Vil­liers (el­bow), and fast bowlers Dale Steyn (shoul­der) and Morne Morkel (back).

“De Bruyn is the lat­est player to be re­warded for con­sis­tently good form at fran­chise and South Africa A level,” Cricket South Africa se­lec­tion con­vener Linda Zondi said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

“He has an out­stand­ing first-class ca­reer av­er­age of 48.73 and has made 423 runs at 60.42 in this sea­son’s four­day com­pe­ti­tion.”

De Bruyn also of­fers an op­tion as a part-time seam bowler. On Mon­day, it was an­nounced that Faf du Plessis, who re­cently led the side to se­ries vic­to­ries at home to New Zealand and away in Aus­tralia, would take over the test cap­taincy on a per­ma­nent ba­sis as De Vil­liers bat­tled to re­gain full fit­ness.

“Credit to AB de Vil­liers for the smooth way the lead­er­ship tran­si­tion has taken place. Faf has done an out­stand­ing job in the last two test se­ries and our lead­er­ship is in very good hands,” Zondi added.

Next Mon­day, Du Plessis will ap­peal his con­vic­tion for ball tam­per­ing dur­ing the se­ries in Aus­tralia that re­sulted in him los­ing his en­tire match fee for the sec­ond test in Ho­bart.

The ap­peal rep­re­sents an el­e­ment of risk as he is flirt­ing with the higher sen­tence of a one-match ban, which would rule him out of the first test in Port El­iz­a­beth, should he fail.

Re­place­ment wick­et­keeper Dane Vi­las and left-arm spin­ner Tabraiz Shamsi have been dropped from the squad that toured Aus­tralia last month.

The sec­ond test will be played in Cape Town from Jan. 2 and will be con­cluded in Jo­han­nes­burg from Jan. 12.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Ab­bott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, The­u­nis de Bruyn, Quin­ton de Kock, JP Du­miny, Dean El­gar, Ke­shav Ma­haraj, Wayne Par­nell, Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Kag­iso Rabada. —Reuters

MUM­BAI: This file pho­to­graph taken on De­cem­ber 8, 2016, shows Eng­land’s captain Alas­tair Cook play­ing a shot on the first day of the fourth Test match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at the Wankhede sta­dium in Mum­bai. A ram­pant In­dia will look to cre­ate his­tory in the fifth and fi­nal Test against Eng­land from tomorrow, by pil­ing more mis­ery on Alas­tair Cook in what could be his last out­ing as the tourists’ skip­per. — AFP

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