Proteas make sweeping changes

13 February 2018 09:10:40 EST

JP Duminy will captain an experimental-looking South Africa in the three-match Twenty20 series versus India.

With Faf du Plessis remaining on the sidelines through injury, left-handed batsman Duminy leads a squad including Warriors batsman Christiaan Jonker and the Multiply Titans duo of fast bowler Junior Dala and wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen.

None of that trio have been capped at this level by the Proteas previously and they join two other relatively inexperienced players in Warriors captain Jon-Jon Smuts and fast bowler Dane Paterson, of Cape Cobras.

"With the Sunfoil Test Series against Australia starting only five days after the completion of the T20 series it is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer," said South Africa's national selection panel convener Linda Zondi.

"These include Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram among the batsmen as well as most of our frontline fast bowlers. AB de Villiers has missed quite a lot of cricket this summer so he will play in the T20 Series.

"We have also decided to give Imran Tahir a break. He remains our first-choice spin bowler in both white ball formats but we need to give more game time to Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso.

"The next ICC World Twenty20 is not all that far away in 2020 so it is important that we develop and examine our resources for that tournament.

"Christiaan Jonker has been one of the most explosive finishers in domestic T20 cricket in recent seasons and his selection, together with that of Junior Dala, gives players who have performed well at franchise level the opportunity to show that they can compete at the highest level. Heinrich Klaasen's recent performance speaks for itself."

South Africa are 11/8 to win Sunday's T20 match against India and 6/1 to win the T20 World Cup in 2020.

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