Faf du Plessis in recent action for South Africa against
Australia. Photo Reuters
Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the three-match
Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month to free
regular limited overs skipper AB de Villiers from the burden of
captaincy, the cricket board says.
De Villiers remained part of the 15-member squad, which
includes four uncapped players, for the Twenty20 matches in
Durban (December 21), East London (December 23) and Port
Elizabeth (December 26).
"AB de Villiers remains our first-choice captain in this
format," selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a
"But AB is one of the players we need to rotate in the
interest of his workload across all three formats and we want
to have one captain for the entire series," he added.
For the two-test series against the Kiwis starting on January
2, South Africa stuck with the same squad which beat
Australia earlier this month to retain the number one
Opener Henry Davids of the Titans and the Lions duo of
stumper-batsman Quinton de Kock and left-arm spinner Aaron
Phangiso were among the new faces in the Twenty20 side.
Lions all-rounder Chris Morris played for the Proteas in a
Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe in July but the games were
unofficial so he too would fancy winning his first official
"We could not consider JP Duminy, Colin Ingram and Albie
Morkel because of injury, while we decided to rest Jacques
Kallis and Hashim Amla," Hudson said.
Johan Botha was not considered due to his commitments in
Twenty20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Farhaan Berhadien,
Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rory
Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris
Morris, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Dale
Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Test squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers,
Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt,
Morne Morkel, Alviro Peterson, Robin Peterson, Vernon
Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn.