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Uncapped Quartet Bolster Proteas Squad for Clash with Australia
- Updated: August 16, 2023
South Africa’s upcoming white-ball home series against Australia is set to feature a fresh wave of talent, with the inclusion of exciting young batter Dewald Brevis, aptly nicknamed ‘Baby AB’ after the legendary AB de Villiers. Brevis, aged 20, boasts a domestic T20 cricket record of 162 runs from 57 balls, making him one of South Africa’s brightest prospects. His performance as the top run-scorer in the 2022 Under-19 World Cup and a notable 71-ball 98 during a South Africa A tour to Sri Lanka further underscores his potential.
Brevis’ familiarity with the Indian Premier League, where he played for the Mumbai Indians, has elevated his credentials for selection in the senior 50-over World Cup scheduled for later this year in India. His inclusion in the squad indicates South Africa’s commitment to nurturing emerging talents and adding depth to their roster.
Joining Brevis in the uncapped category are wicketkeeper-batter Donovan Ferreira, fast bowler Gerald Coetzee, and batter Matthew Breetzke. These young prospects showcase consistent performance on the domestic stage and align with the strategic gameplay envisioned by South Africa’s limited-overs coach, Rob Walter.
While seasoned players such as Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada will sit out the T20 series to rest, they are expected to return for the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The South African team’s strategy involves utilizing the T20 series as a platform to assess and develop promising cricketers, aligning with their long-term growth objectives.
South Africa will host Australia for a three-match T20 series from August 30 to September 3, followed by a five-match ODI series scheduled from September 7 to 17.
This influx of emerging talent underlines South Africa’s commitment to nurturing young cricketers and fostering a dynamic cricketing ecosystem. With fresh faces joining the ranks, the series promises to offer an exciting blend of youth and experience, adding a layer of anticipation to the contests between the Proteas and Australia.
By – Sahiba Suri