Uncapped Multiply Titans opening batsman Heino Kuhn and Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo were included in the Standard Bank Proteas test squad for the four-match test series against England, starting next month.
They take the places of Stephen Cook and Wayne Parnell respectively from the squad that played the last series against New Zealand. Dane Piedt also drops out as the selectors have only named one specialist spinner in Keshav Maharaj.
A third uncapped player, Aiden Markram of the Multiply Titans, has also been included to provide batting cover for Faf du Plessis.
Dean Elgar will captain the side in the warm-up match and will stand in for Du Plessis in the first test match if the latter is not available for selection.
“Heino Kuhn has shown outstanding form for South Africa A on their recent tour of England which included a double century in the four-day match against Hampshire and a further century against the England Lions,” commented CSA Selection Convener, Linda Zondi. “He certainly deserved his place on consistent form, which also includes back-to-back Sunfoil Series seasons.
“Andile’s selection is a continuation of our drive to develop bowling all-rounders for the test team. He and Chris Morris will fill this role in support of Vernon Philander. At the age of 21, he is certainly one for the future.
“Dean has impressed with his contribution as a member of the leadership group,” concluded Zondi.
PROTEAS TEST SQUAD:
Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Cape Cobras), Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Heino Kuhn (Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Morne Morkel (Multiply Titans), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions).