South Africa have recalled veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn in their T20I squad for the upcoming series against England on Saturday, starting on February 12 at Buffalo Park, East London. Steyn is making comeback to South Africa’s international fold after nearly a year’s absence due to a shoulder injury. Steyn’s last played for South Africa (T20I) in March 2019 against Sri Lanka in Centurion. The 16-member T20I squad will be led by Quinton de Kock. Also Read - IPL 2021: Jos Buttler Hails Rajasthan Royals 'Captain' Sanju Samson, Calls Him Free Spirited And Relaxed
Test skipper Faf du Plessis and pacer Kagiso Rabada continue to be rested and will no longer be a part of the remainder of England’s tour. Along with the 36-year-old Steyn, Cricket South Africa has also rewarded Pite van Biljon and pacer Sisanda Magala with maiden international call-ups. However, Magala’s selection is conditional upon the passing of a fitness test that he will have to take ahead of the first match in East London next week. Also Read - Cricket: Ramesh Powar Returns as Head Coach of Indian Women's Cricket Team, Replaces WV Raman
Fondly known as Phalaborwa Express, Steyn has already expressed his desire to feature in this year’s T20 World Cup, feeling his experience of 15 years in international cricket can come in handy to lead the Proteas quicks in Australia. Also Read - India Bowling Coach Bharat Arun Calls Hardik Pandya 'Outstanding Talent', Backs Shardul Thakur to Become Proper Fast Bowling All-Rounder
“We are pleased with the group that we have selected for this upcoming T20 series against England. We have once again taken the opportunity to reward some of the hard workers of our domestic franchise system while some of our key senior players continue with their much-needed rest period and we have again, put our faith in Quinton (de Kock) to lead this group of exciting cricketers, picking up where he left off in India where he showed exemplary leadership,” CSA Acting Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said.
“England have of course announced a competitive team and we are comfortable that we have the squad that can take them on and return positive results. With a T20 World Cup not too far away, we have begun the process of identifying several players whom we will be looking at over a period of time and hope that by the time September comes along, we will have the best possible squad of 15 representing South Africa.”
The three T20Is between SA and England will be played on February 12, 14 and 16.
SA Squad: Quinton de Kock (C/wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen