Proteas coach Rob Walter has announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup will be played in India from 5 October to 19 November 2023.

The squad will be led by Temba Bavuma who will also be playing in his first 50-over World Cup.

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The bowling attack includes Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Gerald Coetzee. There are also three spin options in Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Aiden Markram.

PROTEAS CRICKET WORLD CUP SQUAD

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions) and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

Proteas coach Rob Walter has announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Temba Bavuma

TEAM MANAGEMENT LED BY ROB WALTER

Rob Walter (Head Coach), Khomotso Volvo Masubelele (Team Manager), Jean-Paul Duminy (Batting Coach), Eric Simons (Bowling Coach), Wandile Gwavu (Fielding Coach), Thomas Dawson-Squibb (Performance Coach), Runeshan Moodley (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Matthew Reuben (Performance Analyst), Sizwe Hadebe (Physiotherapist), Dr Hashendra Ramjee (Team Doctor), Kyle Botha (Logistics and Masseur), Lucy Davey (Media Manager) and Zunaid Wadee (Security Officer).

“It is always tough choosing a World Cup squad,” said Rob Walter.

“I’ve said it a couple of times, the stronger the depth of your team, the better the players are that you’re leaving out.

“It’s great having a mix of experienced players and players who will be competing in their first 50-over World Cup. You get that sort of exuberance of excitement to be doing something for the first time.”

“I would like to congratulate all of them on their selection and I am sure they will represent the Proteas badge with distinction and honour. We have no doubt they will give everything in India and do their best to try and bring the trophy home.”

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock has announced that he will retire from ODI cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup.

Since making his ODI debut in 2013, the 30-year-old has gone to play 140 matches. He has amassed almost 6 000 runs at an average of 44.85. One of his career highlights came up against Australia in 2016 when scored a career-best 178 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

He was also named full time captain of the side from 2020 – 2021.

Cricket South Africa CSA on Monday named a full-strength 15-man Proteas squad for the two-match ODI series against Netherlands, starting later this week. Fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada return to the 50-over setup after being rested for the recent ODI series against West Indies.

The matches, which will also form part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. It will be contested at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday, before DP World Wanderers Stadium hosts the Dutch for the annual Betway Pink Day on Sunday, 2 April.

PROTEAS ODI SQUAD AGAINST NETHERLANDS 

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans). Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors). Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins). Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province). Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

Proteas squad for Netherlands ODI announced
Proteas squad for Netherlands ODI announced

We have named our strongest possible squad for these games given the importance of these matches. In the context of also qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” said White-ball head coach Rob Walter. 

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“We have a job to do and I am confident that with this group of players, we can get the job done.”

Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe added: “Cricket South Africa would like to wish Rob and his team well for the series against Netherlands. The second match of the series will be a special occasion as it marks the annual Pink Day. This is an important day in the CSA calendar as it allows us to raise awareness and funds for an important cause. It’s a game that everyone is looking forward to.”

South Africa Betway One-Day International series against Netherlands

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South Africa vs Netherlands – Willowmoore Park, Benoni

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South Africa vs Netherlands – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Kagiso Rabada’s 13th career five-for helped the Proteas from a disappointing batting display to a complete victory by 87 runs inside three days of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park in Tshwane on Thursday.

Rabada claimed a stellar six for 50 in 15 overs to blow away the tourists for 159 as they chased a very gettable 247 that was set up by an outstanding bowling display of their own that skittled the hosts for 116.

KAGISO RABADA SPEARHEAD PROTEAS ATTACK

Despite the valiant efforts of Jermaine Blackwood (79 off 93 balls, 12 fours, 1 six), the islanders fell short thanks to a wonderful showing by South African spearhead Rabada. He was aided well by Marco Jansen (2/33), Gerald Coetzee (1/20) and Anrich Nortje (1/48).

Their efforts put the home side 1-0 up in the two-match series. Match two will follow in Johannesburg starting next Wednesday.

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Even though the Proteas were victorious, the batting unit were left with plenty to ponder after another meltdown that saw them last only 28 overs in their second innings. Kemar Roach was the chief destroyer for the West Indians as he bagged five for 47. Only Player of the Match Aiden Markram offered any resistance with his top-score of 47 to go.

Kagiso Rabada celebrates against West Indies
Kagiso Rabada celebrates against West Indies

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South Africa resumed the third morning already in trouble on 49 for four. Within the first eight runs they lost another key wicket in Heinrich Klaasen for five. Markram was next to go, followed by Jansen (6) and Senuran Muthusamy (4) leaving the total on 80 for eight.

Coetzee came in and hit out with a quick-fire 20 that at least lifted them past 100. Before seamer Roach mopped up the last two wickets for his own 12th career five-for.  Alzarri Joseph (2/30), Jason Holder (2/7) and Shannon Gabriel (1/26) were also amongst the wickets.

WEST INDIES FIGHT BACK NOT ENOUGH

The visitors lost a clutter of wickets early on as they sunk to 33 for five. Before Blackwood and Joshua Da Silva (17) gave them a glimmer of hope with a 58-run sixth-wicket stand. But once that was ended by Rabada, the rest of the wickets fell quickly giving the hosts the advantage after the first match of the series.

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Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada is amongst four South Africans who have made it to the ICC teams of the year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday completed announcements of the ICC Teams of the Year. A feature of the 2022 ICC Awards which captures the best combined XIs across the different formats of both men’s and women’s international cricket.

Momentum Proteas trio Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Laura Wolvaardt were named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year. Kagiso Rabada was named in the ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year.

11 countries are represented across the various lineups.

ICC TEAMS OF THE YEAR LIST:

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year:

1 Usman Khawaja (Australia)

2 Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)

3 Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)

4 Babar Azam (Pakistan)

5 Jonny Bairstow (England)

6 Ben Stokes (c) (England)

7 Rishabh Pant (wk) (India)

8 Pat Cummins (Australia)

9 Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

10 Nathan Lyon (Australia)

11 James Anderson (England)

ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year:

1 Babar Azam (c) (Pakistan)

2 Travis Head (Australia)

3 Shai Hope (West Indies)

4 Shreyas Iyer (India)

5 Tom Latham (wk) (New Zealand)

6 Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)

7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh)

8 Alzarri Joseph (West Indies)

9 Mohammed Siraj (India)

10 Trent Boult (New Zealand)

11 Adam Zampa (Australia)

ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year:

1 Jos Buttler (c) (wk) (England)

2 Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

3 Virat Kohli (India)

4 Suryakumar Yadav (India)

5 Glenn Phillips (New Zealand)

6 Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)

7 Hardik Pandya (India)

8 Sam Curran (England)

9 Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

10 Haris Rauf (Pakistan)

11 Josh Little (Ireland)

Ayabonga Khaka Momentum Proteas
Ayabonga Khaka Momentum Proteas

WOMEN’S TEAMS OF THE YEAR

ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year:

1 Smriti Mandhana (India)

2 Beth Mooney (Australia)

3 Sophie Devine (c) (New Zealand)

4 Ash Gardner (Australia)

5 Tahlia McGrath (Australia)

6 Nida Dar (Pakistan)

7 Deepti Sharma (India)

8 Richa Ghosh (wk) (India)

9 Sophie Ecclestone (England)

10 Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka)

11 Renuka Singh (India)

ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year:

1 Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia)

2 Smriti Mandhana (India)

3 Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)

4 Nat Sciver (England)

5 Beth Mooney (Australia)

6 Harmanpreet Kaur (c) (India)

7 Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)

8 Sophie Ecclestone (England)

9 Ayabonga Khaka (South Africa)

10 Renuka Singh (India)

11 Shabnim Ismail (South Africa)

Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj claimed two more wickets for the Proteas on the second day of the third Test. But Australia remained in control at the SCG in Sydney on Thursday.

The hosts reached stumps on 475 for four. Thanks to a career-best unbeaten 195 by Usman Khawaja and 104 from Steve Smith. Travis Head plundered an attacking 70 off 59 balls late on to reinforce their position of dominance in which they added 328 runs in the 84 overs that were bowled on day two.

HOPELESS PROTEAS TRAILING

For the Proteas pinner Maharaj (1/108) and pace spearhead Rabada (1/119) took the two wickets to fall. But plenty of work lay ahead for their batters when their turn was likely to arrive on day three.

AUSTRALIA CONTINUE TO DOMINATE

It was the home team who dominated with opener Khawaja and Smith putting on 209 for the third wicket to get them going from 47 overs.

Australia celebrate against the Proteas
Australia celebrate against the Proteas

The former went on to record his 13th career century and was still there at the end, while the latter posted his 30th Test ton.

The stand finally broke when Maharaj caught Smith off his own bowling shortly after the former Australian captain had reached three figures. It was his first wicket of the series.

Head was next in and his attacking innings allowed his side to add 112 for the next wicket.

That left Matt Renshaw (5*) to bat alongside Khawaja until rain stopped play early late in the day.

The Proteas trail 2-0.

Kagiso Rabada finished with eight wickets in the match but it was not enough to save the Proteas from a six-wicket defeat to Australia. This is inside two days of the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.

The Proteas fast bowler claimed four for 76 and four for 13 as a record 19 wickets fell on the second day. The hosts were bowled out for 218 in their first innings and then bowled out the tourists for 99. That is their lowest total in that country post isolation and worst in more than 90 years.

It left the Australians needing just 34 to win on a bowler-friendly wicket. They lost four wickets along the way to seal victory late on day two, moving 1-0 ahead in the three-match series. The second Test match begins on Boxing Day in Melbourne.

DISAPPOINTING PROTEAS

The Proteas will be disappointed by the manner of defeat in Brisbane, which witnessed its highest number of second day wickets. It turned out to be the second shortest Test match in Australia ever. There was little captain Dean Elgar and his team could do either in difficult batting conditions as the bowlers thrived.

The home team resumed day two on 145 for five at the start, with the overnight pair of Player of the Match Travis Head (92 off 96 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) and Cameron Green (18) carrying them to 181, before Marco Jansen (3/32) removed both in the same over. Those two wickets were amongst five to fall for 37 as the opposition tail was blown away with the lead restricted to 66.

The Proteas needed to bat well in their second innings. But again the green surface and Australia’s strong bowling attack applied pressure from the outset. Dean Elgar (2), Rassie van der Dussen (0) and Sarel Erwee (3) were all back in the dressing room with only five on the board.

ZONDO AND BAVUMA SHINE

It left all the pressure on Temba Bavuma and he found support in rookie Khaya Zondo. The pair added 42 for the fourth wicket to give their side some hope of setting a competitive target.  The former was particularly impressive in reaching 29 to go with his first-innings 38. He was subsequently injured, but showed good fight until falling to a Nathan Lyon ball that kept low.

Zondo, meanwhile, went on to top score with an unbeaten 36 with the tourists rolled over in 37.4 overs.

That left the hosts needing just 34, but they made heavy weather of the chase as Rabada claimed all four of the wickets to fall. Nineteen of the runs came through extras as the bowlers attacked. But in the end the lack of runs proved costly leaving South Africa to play catch-up in the series.

Kyle Verreynne struck a pivotal half-century before two wickets apiece from Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje kept the Proteas in the mix. This is after a difficult opening day of their three-match Test series in Brisbane on Saturday.

On a day that 15 wickets fell, the tourists were asked to bat first and bundled out for just 152. The hosts replied with 145 for five at The Gabba, which witnessed its biggest first day crowd for a non-Ashes Test.

There were 29,306 people in attendance. But not too much good batting after the South Africans were bundled out in 48.2 overs. In fact, things could have been far worse had it not been for Verreynne’s 64 (96 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) and a crucial 38 by Temba Bavuma.

The pair shared in a 98-run partnership after their side lost Dean Elgar (3), Rassie van der Dussen (5), Sarel Erwee (10) and Khaya Zondo (0) in that order with only 27 on the board.

VERREYNNE SAVES THE DAY FOR PROTEAS 

In difficult batting conditions, Verreynne and Bavuma settled well, the former going on to score his first Test half-century to go with his only other 50+ score of 136 not out.

Dean Elgar proteas captain
Dean Elgar proteas captain

But once the stand was broken, the Proteas folded quickly losing their last six wickets for a poor 27 runs. Mitchell Starc (3/41) and Nathan Lyon (3/14) were the most successful bowlers for the home side.

South Africa started brilliantly with the ball. David Warner fell first ball to a fine one-handed leaping catch by Zondo at short leg off Rabada (2/50). Marco Jansen (1/15) also struck with his first ball to take out Marnus Labuschagne (11). Nortje (2/37) removed Usman Khawaja (11) with his second delivery as the Australians slumped to 27 for three.

But the in-form Travis Head counter-attacked with a stellar unbeaten 78 off 77 balls (13 fours, 1 six). The away side lost intensity. Together with Steve Smith, the pair added 117 for the fourth wicket to take the advantage away from the visitors.

Nortje eventually broke through late in the day by cleaning up Smith, with nightwatchman Scott Boland (1) dismissed by Rabada. However, the home side held all the aces at the close as they trailed by just seven runs.