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South Africa T20 World Cup player profiles

Posted on January 09, 2023 by Ken

Temba Bavuma

Age: 32
Role: right-hand batter
T20I matches: 28
Runs: 565 (23.54 ave)
High score: 72
Strike-rate: 116.49

A gritty competitor who will be out to prove the rest of the world wrong when it comes to criticism of his T20 game and his low strike-rate.

Quinton de Kock

Age: 29
Role: wicketkeeper/left-hand batter
T20I matches: 72
Runs: 2032 (32.25 ave)
High score:  79*

Strike-rate: 134.12

A powerful hitter and excellent strokemaker whose innings are usually populated with a high percentage of boundaries, especially in the opening powerplay.

Aiden Markram

Age: 27
Role: right-hand batter/off-spinner
T20I matches: 26
Runs: 780 (41.05 ave)
High score: 70

Strike-rate: 151.16

Wickets: 6 (24.66 ave)

Best bowling: 3/21

Economy: 7.40

A classically elegant batsman who has now found his niche in the middle-order; he scores all around the wicket, but extra cover to long-on is his strongest area. His improving off-spin is a valuable second string to his bow and brings sixth-bowler balance to the team.

Rilee Rossouw

Age: 32
Role: left-hand batter
T20I matches: 21
Runs: 558 (37.20 ave)
High score: 100*

Strike-rate: 152.87

A potential matchwinner for the Proteas who has played for numerous teams in global T20 leagues, an extremely dangerous batsman.

David Miller

Age: 33
Role: left-hand batter
T20I matches: 107
Runs: 2069 (33.91 ave)
High score: 106*
Strike-rate: 145.49

‘This guy can hit the ball out of the ground, I tell ya!,’ is perhaps what Tony Greig would have said about South Africa’s ace finisher, who is in superb form at the moment.

Reeza Hendricks

Age: 33
Role: right-hand batter
T20I matches: 48
Runs: 1372 (29.82 ave)
High score: 74

Strike-rate: 125.41

Revitalised as a white-ball cricketer and now one of the hottest T20 batsmen South Africa has; now how to fit him in the starting XI?

Heinrich Klaasen

Age 31
Role: wicketkeeper/right-hand batter
T20I matches: 36
Runs: 651 (25.03 ave)
High score: 81

Strike-rate: 147.61

Powerful and good against spin, Klaasen can help build a partnership and also smite a few boundaries in quick time; an accomplished finisher but currently playing second-fiddle to Miller and Stubbs.

Tristan Stubbs

Age: 22
Role: right-hand batter
T20I matches: 9
Runs: 142 (28.40 ave)
High score: 72

Strike-rate: 191.89

Our newest batting sensation, if he stays at the crease for any length of time he takes the game away from the opposition; a phenomenal talent waiting to explode on the biggest stage.

Tabraiz Shamsi

Age: 32
Role: left-arm wrist-spin bowler
T20I matches: 57
Wickets: 69 (21.42 ave)
Best bowling: 5/24

Economy: 7.15

There may have been thoughts about Shamsi not making the XI after his rough time in India, but he immediately bounced back to his best when he arrived in Australia, bamboozling New Zealand in their warm-up match. Always difficult for the batsmen to read, attacking him is not easy due to the uncertainty he creates by spinning the ball both ways.

Keshav Maharaj

Age: 32
Role: Left-arm orthodox spin bowler
T20I matches played: 21
Wickets: 19 (27.15 ave)
Best bowling: 2/21

Economy: 7.18

An extremely accurate and skilful spinner who just never disappoints; the Proteas are blessed with one of the strongest spin attacks thanks to the control and cunning of Maharaj and the striking ability of Shamsi. South Africa are in trouble if they need runs from him, but Maharaj can hit big.

Lungi Ngidi

Age: 26
Role: right-arm fast bowler
T20I matches: 32
Wickets: 51 (18.52 ave)
Best bowling: 5/39

Economy: 8.91

Bowls with seam movement and bounce up front to take wickets in the first powerplay, and with excellent skill and variation at the death; his talents are needed alongside the greater pace of the other quick bowlers.

Anrich Nortje

Age: 28
Role: right-arm fast bowler
T20I matches: 24
Wickets: 24 (24.79 ave)
Best bowling: 3/8

Economy: 7.50

His sheer pace brings the fire to the Proteas attack and he will rattle a few cages on the firm Australian pitches. Can go for a few runs, but likely to take crucial wickets as well.

Kagiso Rabada

Age: 27
Role: right-arm fast bowler
T20I matches: 49
Wickets: 54 (27.64 ave)
Best bowling: 3/20

Economy: 8.42

Has already made his mark in the eight T20 World Cup matches he has played, taking 13 wickets. So accurate up front, and skilful enough to extract whatever assistance there is in the pitch; when he finds his range at the death, then his yorkers are deadly. Has contributed valuable runs in the past.

Wayne Parnell

Age: 33
Role: left-arm fast bowler/left-hand batsman
T20I matches: 48
Wickets: 52 (25.00 ave)
Best bowling: 5/30

Economy: 8.28

Runs: 163 (27.16 ave)

High score: 29*

Strike-rate: 102.51

A welcome returnee to the Proteas set-up after his dark days in the squad in the past. He can swing it whether it’s a red ball or white, to deadly effect up front and could be in his element with Australia having a wet summer. A lovely freeflowing batsman when set, he can hit a mean long ball.

Marco Jansen

Age: 22

Role: left-arm fast bowler/right-hand batsman

T20I matches: 1

Wickets: 1 (38.00 ave)

Best bowling: 1/38

Economy: 9.50

Runs: 12 (12.00 ave)

High score: 12

Strike-rate: 70.58

The more advanced of the twin Jansen bros from Potchefstroom, Jansen has firmly established himself in the Proteas red-ball squad and was a late replacement for Dwaine Pretorius in the T20 World Cup squad. Will add yet more pace and bounce to the bowling attack, but also left-arm variation. Has impressed with the bat on several occasions.

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