JOHANNESBURG – Temba Bavuma will return from the sidelines of South Africa’s new Twenty20 tournament to lead the country in a three-day international against England later this month.
Bavuma is the only player in the 16-man squad not included in the SA20 tournament, which will be rested for the one-day series in Bloemfontein and Kimberley from January 27 to February 1.
Bavuma, South Africa’s captain in both one-day and T20 formats, failed to attract bids from all six SA20 franchises.
The one-day series is part of the Super League World Cup.
South Africa are currently ranked 11th in the league.
Only the top eight teams qualify for this year’s Cricket World Cup in India.
South Africa probably need to win at least three of their remaining five matches to qualify.
South Africa abandoned a series in Australia earlier this month to have their key players ready for the SA20.
The hard-hitting all-rounder Sisanda Magala is part of this squad for the home one-day tournament in South Africa at the start of the season.
Magala was not selected for several teams and series because he did not meet the fitness guidelines of Cricket South Africa, especially his ability to run two kilometers in 8min 30sec.
“We are happy with the inclusion of Sisanda and the commitment he has shown to meet the required fitness standards,” said Victor Mpitsang, convener.
But there was no place for home all-rounder Ryan Rickelton, who was not selected for the recent Test tour of Australia amid health concerns with an ankle injury. Rickelton, who said he deliberately delayed the surgery to go on tour and play in SA20s, scored two hundred and two fifties in seven innings.
Mpitsang said Rickelton was not selected, although he was considered because the risk of injury for the home series was considered lower than that of the away tour.
Newly appointed Test coach Shukri Conrad will take charge of the team as new white-ball coach Rob Walter is still in New Zealand and will begin his duties on February 1.