Coach Rob Walter has announced the Proteas 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 to be played in the USA and West Indies from 01-29 June. Aiden Markram will lead the side in what will be his first World Cup assignment since being named T20 International [T20I] captain.

The squad includes two uncapped T20I players, batter Ryan Rickelton and fast bowler Ottniel Baartman.

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Rickelton finished as the leading run-scorer of the second edition of the Betway SA20 with 530 runs at an average of 58.88 for MI Cape Town. Baartman took 18 wickets in eight matches for defending champions Sunrisers Eastern Cape and is currently with Indian Premier League [IPL] franchise Delhi Capitals.

Leading the pace attack will be Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje supported by Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee.

Other notable selections include three front-line spinners in the CSA T20 Challenge winning captain Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi. Pace pair Nandre Burger and Lungi Ngidi have been named as the travelling reserves.

“Firstly, I want to congratulate all the players that have made the cut,” coach Rob Walter said.

“Selecting this group was extremely tough considering the amount of T20 cricket that has been played recently and the form that has been on show. I want to congratulate the two uncapped players, Ryan and Ottniel, on their selection.

“We have seen some incredible performances from our players in 2024 and that made my job very tough indeed. I am nonetheless proud and confident that we have named the strongest possible squad that no doubt has every chance of success in the West Indies and USA.”

Walter has also named a provisional squad for the preceding three-match T20I series against West Indies. This group will change and have players added to it when management is aware of IPL player availability.

The provisional squad will assemble for a week-long camp from 13 – 17 May at the Centre of Excellence in Pretoria, with the final squad set to be announced prior to their departure on 18 May.

PROTEAS SQUAD FOR THE T20 WORLD CUP IN THE USA AND WEST INDIES 

Aiden Markram [captain], Momentum Multiply Titans), Ottniel Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), 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), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions) Ryan Rickelton (DP World Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans) and Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors).

Proteas wicketkeeper batter Heinrich Klaasen has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old steps away from the red-ball format after featuring in four matches for South Africa between 2019 and 2023.

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He made his Test debut in India and went on to represent the country in Australia and twice played against the West Indies last summer.

He also played 85 first-class matches where he amassed 5347 runs at an average of 46.09, including 12 hundreds and a career-best of 292 for the Momentum Multiply Titans in the CSA 4-Day Series.

Heinrich Klaasen announces retirement from Test cricket
Heinrich Klaasen

WHY HEINRICH KLAASEN FEELS RETIREMENT IS THE ONLY OPTION

“After a few sleepless nights wondering if I am making the right decision, I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket. It’s a difficult decision that I have made because it is by far my favourite format of the game,” said Klaasen.

“The battles that I faced on and off the field have made me the cricketer I am today. It has been a great journey and I am glad I could have represented my country.

“My baggy Test cap is the most precious cap I have ever been handed.

“Thanks to everyone that has played a part in my red-ball career and shaped me into the cricketer I am today. But for now a new challenge awaits and I am looking forward to it.”  

Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe added: “It is tough to see a player of Heinrich’s calibre step away from red-ball cricket, but we respect his decision.  

“We look forward to seeing him excel in the white-ball arena and continue to make valuable contributions to South African cricket in the years ahead.” 

Cricket South Africa has announced a 14-player squad for the Proteas two-match Test tour of New Zealand. The test series will take place next month. 

Momentum Multiply Titans batter Neil Brand will captain the side that includes Test batters David Bedingham and Keegan Petersen. The pair are currently involved in the ongoing Betway Test series against India, along with Zubayr Hamza who has been called up for the New Year’s Test.  

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The experienced Khaya Zondo has also been named in the squad along with pace pair Duanne Olivier and Dane Paterson, as well as spinner Dane Piedt who will look to add to their Test caps. 

Brand, who led South Africa A to a 2-1 series win over West Indies A earlier this month, is one of seven uncapped players. The others being batter Raynard van Tonder, all-rounders Ruan de Swardt and Mihlali Mpongwana. seam bowler Tshepo Moreki, spinner Shaun von Berg and wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin. The squad will depart for New Zealand on 19 January. 

PROTEAS TEST SQUAD FOR NEW ZEALAND TOUR 

Neil Brand (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), David Bedingham (Western Province), Ruan de Swardt (North West Dragons), Clyde Fortuin (Gbets Rocks), Zubayr Hamza (DP World Lions), Tshepo Moreki (DP World Lions), Mihlali Mpongwana (Western Province), Duanne Olivier (DP World Lions), Dane Paterson (Western Province), Keegan Petersen (Gbets Rocks), Dane Piedt (ITEC Knights), Raynard van Tonder (North West Dragons), Shaun von Berg (Gbets Rocks) and Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).  

Test head coach Shukri Conrad said: “Firstly I would like to congratulate the players that will be going on a Proteas tour for the first time. It is a real honour to represent your country, so they should savour the moment. 

“The players picked for this tour have every chance of challenging New Zealand. We have full confidence they will do exactly that when we arrive for the first Test match at Mount Maunganui. 

“Most of these guys participated in the recent ‘A’ series against West Indies. They showed that they have what it takes against players of international calibre. That experience will no doubt leave them in a better position.” 

Tour Itinerary

Warm-up Match: 

29 – 31 January at 11:00 local time  

New Zealand XI vs South Africa – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University  

Test Series

04 – 08 February at 11:00 local time  

New Zealand vs South Africa – Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui  

13 – 17 February at 11:00 local time  

New Zealand vs South Africa – Seddon Park, Hamilton 

Proteas Test batter Dean Elgar has announced that his retirement will retire from international cricket after the Test series against India.

Elgar will fittingly end his international career with the two Test matches. The first to be played at his home ground, SuperSport Park, Guateng from 26-30 December. The second at the venue where he scored his first Test runs, Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, from 03-07 January.

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The 36-year-old has represented South Africa in 84 Tests and eight One-Day Internationals during a career that has spanned 12 years.

Since making his Test debut against Australia in 2012, he has gone on to score over 5000 runs at an average of 37.28. Including 13 centuries and a career-best 199 against Bangladesh in 2017.

His contributions with the bat and gritty performances earned him the role of Test captain from May 2021 – January 2023, where he led the side to third place in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship with a notable 2-1 series win over India at home in January 2022.

Dean Elgar announces retirement from international cricket
Dean Elgar


DEAN ELGAR ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM CRICKET   

“Playing the game of cricket has always been a dream of mine. But having the opportunity to represent your country is the ultimate. Having had the privilege to do it for 12 years internationally is simply beyond my wildest dreams. It has been an incredible journey that I have been fortunate enough to have,” said Elgar.

“As they say, ‘all good things come to an end’, and the Indian home series will be my last, as I have made the decision to retire from our beautiful game.

“A game that has given me so much. The Cape Town Test will be my last. My favourite stadium in the world. A place I scored my first Test run against New Zealand and hopefully my last too.”

“Having the opportunity to represent my country and the learnings I’ve had along my journey is something I’ll always be thankful for. It’s most definitely been the best learning experience of my life.”

In the most recent ICC ODI bowling rankings, Hollywoodbets Dolphins and Proteas star Keshav Maharaj has risen to second in the world. This follows some outstanding performances with the ball at the current ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Maharaj has played in 39 One Day Internationals since he made his debut in 50 over cricket in 2017. He has risen to the ranks of senior player in the one day side which culminated in a stint as captain of the 50 over national side.

Having played all of his domestic cricket for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Maharaj is well on his way to becoming a legend of Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium and his steady rise on the international stage proves what a talent he is.

At the current World Cup in India of the bowlers that have bowled over 60 overs in the competition so far, Maharaj has the fifth best economy rate in the competition and is the most economical South African bowler.

KESHAV MAHARAJ CLIMBS THE ICC RANKINGS 

His value has also been brought to light by the fact that he has bowled the most overs by any South African bowler at the World Cup and has the best figures for the Proteas at the competition with his 4/46 against New Zealand.

For the CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom, Marahaj’s current ranking is a reflection on the player he is.

“Keshav goes about his business quietly, but I don’t think there is a player that works as hard at his game as him,” Strydom said.

“It’s been a privilege to watch Keshav’s rise from domestic cricket to the top of the international game and we hope that he can continue to improve and win games for South Africa.

“His bowling is outstanding, but the way that he won the match for the Proteas against Pakistan with the bat highlights his character. He’s a player that any team would love to have in their side.”

Maharaj and the Proteas will face Afghanistan in their final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup group phase on Friday before they shift their focus to their semi-final clash with Australia on Thursday, 16 November.

Keshav Maharaj held his nerve to carry the Proteas over the line and send them top of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 table. This comes after a thrilling one-wicket win over Pakistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.

In one of the matches of the tournament thus far, South Africa dismissed their Asian counterparts for 270 thanks to four wickets from Tabraiz Shamsi (4/60) and three from Marco Jansen (3/43).

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Aiden Markram then top-scored with 91 (93 balls, 7 fours, 3 sixes) to put his side on track for victory, before they slumped to 250 for eight when their star spinner walked into what appeared to be a desperate situation.  

But he managed to hold up his end for 20 deliveries, before striking the 21st one to the boundary to nick a nail-biting victory.

They now have four days off before taking on New Zealand in their next match in Pune on Wednesday. And they will go to that game having had their credentials fully tested in this latest outing at Chepauk. The bowlers did excellently in bowling out the struggling Asian side in 46.4 overs.

Saud Shakeel (52 off 52 balls, 7 fours) top scored for his team, with a half-century also for captain Babar Azam (50 off 65 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) – the performance by the pair helping keep Pakistan in a fair position during the first part of the innings.

PROTEAS BEAT PAKISTAN TO GO TOP OF THE LOG

But Shamsi’s strikes together with those of Jansen left them in trouble before Shadab Khan (43) lifted them to a competitive total.

The Proteas made a solid enough start to the chase thanks to returning skipper Temba Bavuma (28), Quinton de Kock (24) and Rassie van der Dussen (21).  

They reached 121 for two in the 19th over and then got to 206 for four and 250 for six, before the trouble began. That was the time when Markram fell attempting another big shot in the 41st over.

It was nervy from thereon with Gerald Coetzee (10) next to follow on the same score and in the next over, and when Lungi Ngidi (4) was caught and bowled with 11 still needed, it looked like the end for South Africa.

But Maharaj together with Shamsi (4*) did just about enough to get their side home with 2.4 overs to spare. 

Proteas batter Heinrich Klaasen produced one of the best innings to help South Africa level the ODI Series 2-2 against Australia. This follows a mammoth 164-run win at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Gauteng on Friday. 

He smashed a phenomenal 174 off 83 balls, an innings that included 13 sixes and 13 fours, to power the hosts to a massive 416 for five. It is their second-highest total versus the tourists. 

HEINRICH KLAASEN PRODUCE CLASSY INNINGS 

He shared in a record-breaking 222-run partnership with David Miller. The other big contribution comes from Rassie van der Dussen.

Lungi Ngidi then claimed four wickets for 51 and Kagiso Rabada nabbed three for 41 to seal South Africa’s second-biggest win over their old rivals. 

The Proteas were without regular captain Temba Bavuma at the start due to an adductor strain with T20I skipper Aiden Markram leading them instead. 

PROTEAS ODI SQUAD AGAINST AUSTRALIA 

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), 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), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions). 

SERIES SCHEDULE 

Thursday, 07 September – 13:00  

South Africa lost to Australia by 3 wickets at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein  

Saturday, 09 September – 13:00  

South Africa lost to Australia by 123 runs at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein   

Tuesday, 12 September – 13:00  

South Africa beat Australia by 111 runs at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom  

Friday, 15 September – 13:00  

South Africa beat Australia by 164 runs at SuperSport Park, Centurion  

Sunday, 17 September – 10:00  

South Africa vs Australia – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  

Proteas batter Aiden Markram’s superb unbeaten century helped South Africa secure a big 111-run victory over Australia in the third match of the ODI Series played at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Markram plundered four sixes and nine fours as he reached 102 with the final delivery of the Proteas innings. He helped them post 338 for six after losing the toss and being asked to bat first.

AIDEN MARKRAM FIRES PROTEAS TO BIG VICTORY 

In what was the hosts’ best performance of the tour so far, there was a significant 146-run opening partnership between Quinton de Kock. 

Reeza Hendricks (39) and Marco Jansen (32) also collected some handy runs, before four wickets by Gerald Coetzee (4/50) helped blow away the Australians for just 227 in 34.3 overs.

Although the fast bowler was the most successful, the hard yards were done by outstanding spin duo Tabraiz Shamsi (2/29) and Keshav Maharaj (2/37).

It means the five-match series is still alive and the Proteas now have the first win of the 2023/24 campaign. This is after losing the first five games – they lost the three-match KFC T20 International Series by a 3-0 margin.

Proteas batter Aiden Markram’s superb unbeaten century helped South Africa secure a big 111-run victory
Proteas squad celebrating

ODI SQUAD AGAINST AUSTRALIA 

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), 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), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

SERIES SCHEDULE 

Thursday, 07 September – 13:00 

South Africa lost to Australia by 3 wickets at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 

Saturday, 09 September – 13:00 

South Africa lost to Australia by 123 runs at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein  

Tuesday, 12 September – 13:00 

South Africa beat Australia by 111 runs – JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom 

Friday, 15 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – SuperSport Park, Centurion 

Sunday, 17 September – 10:00 

South Africa vs Australia – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the third ODI against Australia. The match will take place on Tuesday, 12 September at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.

Nortje left the field after bowling five overs during the second ODI in Bloemfontein on Saturday. This was due to lower back spasms.

ANRICH NORTJE RULED OUT OF THIRD ODI 

But he returned to bat during the chase but still requires further assessment. He is set to undergo scans in Johannesburg on Monday. 

Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the third ODI against Australia.
Proteas against Australia

PROTEAS ODI SQUAD AGAINST AUSTRALIA 

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), 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), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions), and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

SERIES SO FAR: 

Thursday, 07 September 

South Africa lost to Australia by 3 wickets at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 

Saturday, 09 September

South Africa lost to Australia by 123 runs at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein  

Tuesday, 12 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom 

Friday, 15 September – 13:00 

South Africa vs Australia – SuperSport Park, Centurion 

Sunday, 17 September – 10:00 

South Africa vs Australia – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

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.