South Africa has selected its ODI and T20I teams for the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies, which will follow the existing Test series. In the shortest format, a new captain will take command. Aiden Markram, 28 years old, will succeed Temba Bavuma, who stood down as T20I captain last month, as captain. Markram, who led South Africa U19 to victory in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2014, recently guided Sunrisers Eastern Cape to victory in the SA 20 as captain.
Markram announced as the new T20I captain
Enoch Nkwe, the director of cricket, congratulated Marrkam on his appointment. Nkwe congratulated Aiden on his promotion as captain of the Proteas Twenty20 International squad. “He is quite comfortable with leadership, having successfully led on so many levels. He is a player who instills confidence, and he has every quality necessary to thrive in the job. There is no question that will assist South Africa in reaching the next level.
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“In addition, we would like to congratulate Temba for doing so well in this role over the previous two years. At this time, he has performed well and now has a new position within the national structure.” Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada have been rested from the ODI team, which now includes four new members. Gerald Coetzee, who just made his Test debut, Ryan Rickelton, Tony de Zorzi, and Tristan Stubbs, who has not yet played ODIs, join the team.
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Sisanda Magala and left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin were both picked for the ODI squad. Some key players are absent from the roster for the first two ODIs, but they return for the third ODI. “This side is confident after defeating one of the world’s greatest white-ball teams, England, in their most recent series,” remarked head coach Rob Walter.
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“We have added many fresh players to the 50-over squad. After their debuts in the present Test series, I am eager to watch how Tony de Zorzi and Gerald Coetzee perform in One-Day Internationals.
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“Along with Tristan Stubbs, both of these players have the potential to play a key part in the future of the national team. “I am also happy for Aiden to assume the role of T20I captain since he is highly comfortable with the system and works well with others. He is a player who leads by example, and we have no doubt that he will lead this squad to the next level in the coming years.”
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