Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named their 15-player 2023 World Cup squad. Swashbuckling opening batter Dewald Brevis has been omitted from the line-up, while Gerald Coetzee has bolted into the 15-man squad as the 5th specialist fast bowler along with Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen, and Sisanda Magala.
Brevis, who made his international debut in the recently-concluded T20I series against Australia, couldn't convert his domestic stardom into the international arena. He only managed scores of 5 and 0 in the first two T20Is and was dropped from the 3rd. Tristan Stubbs, who has played only 1 ODI and delivered some promising performances in the T20I series has also been left out.
However, with ICC allowing teams to make changes until September 28th, the duo have a chance to press their case with good performances in the forthcoming five-match ODI series against Australia.
Meanwhile, aggressive opening batter Quinton de Kock has announced that the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India will be his last and will be retiring from the format. The 30-year-old has been a long-standing servant for the Proteas, especially in the limited-overs format, compiling over 7000 runs in the format.
The Proteas are yet to reach the World Cup semi-final and have ceased to go past the semi-finals on 4 occasions since first participating in 1992. Temba Bavuma's men will open their campaign against Sri Lanka on October 7th against Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi.
South Africa's 2023 World Cup squad:
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.