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As the South Africans reveal their T20I, ODI and Test Squad vs India, we will not be seeing Quinton de Kock during the T20I series that starts at Kingsmead on December 10th. Neither will you spot Dewald Brevis or Kagiso Rabada. Also missing will be Anrich Nortje. India vs South Africa Series 2023 will commence on December 10th with 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test Matches.

We shall be seeing a lot of Aiden Markram, Nandre Burger and Keshav Maharaj. These are the only players named in all of South Africa’s squads. Markram, the T20I captain, will stand in as ODI skipper for Temba Bavuma, who has been rested and will return to captain the Test side. Maharaj is the only specialist spinner in the Test squad.

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Bavuma’s absence from the ODIs shouldn’t be taken as an indication that his place in the team was under threat. He scored 145 runs in eight innings in CWC23. Bavuma did more than most to get his team to the World Cup by scoring more runs than any other South Africa player this year, and was key to them qualifying directly. Once at the tournament they played better than could reasonably be expected to reach the semifinals, where they lost – not choked – to Australia, who delivered a better display on the day.

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Look out, too, for David Bedingham, Nandre Burger and Mihlali Mpongwana, who have got the nod. Bedingham, who has scored four centuries – all for Durham – and averages 53.39 in 24 first-class innings this year, has been picked for the Tests. Left-arm fast bowler Burger is in all three squads. Fast-bowling allrounder Mpongwana scored a 105-ball 109 and took 3/32 for Western Province in the domestic list A final against North West last month.

And then there’s Tristan Stubbs, who has had just 22 first-class innings but has taken those opportunities by scoring four centuries. Among them was his 117 off 181 while batting at No. 3 for South Africa A against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Colombo in June, and a 160-ball 130 at No. 4 for Eastern Province against Gauteng at St George’s Park at the weekend.

De Kock and Brevis Missing

De Kock, who has retired from Tests and ODIs, has been given a break for the T20Is against India. This is a part of South Africa’s plan to keep him playing at least until the end of next year’s T20 World Cup. That means allowing him to choose franchise over country.

“In conversations with Quinny at the time of him walking away from ODI cricket [after the World Cup in India, which ended last month], it was originally his plan to retire altogether,” Rob Walter said at the squads’ announcement on Monday. “I asked him to hold off on that decision. He had a Big Bash opportunity which clashed with the India series. In order to keep him in the game this was the resolution.”

Brewis, who played in the IPL before he made his list A or first-class debuts, has been dropped. He made making five and nought in a T20I series against Australia in August and September.

Rabada, who has played in 19 of South Africa’s 31 matches across the formats this year, is being kept fresh for the India Tests. Nortje, who was last on the field in September, is battling a back injury. “He’s taken the approach of allowing his back to heal without a surgical intervention,” Walter said of Nortje’s status. “The timelines can never be 100% accurate but a February-March return is what we’re aiming for.”

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De Kock is the only member of the World Cup squad who will not be in action against the Indians.

“There’s no doubt there’s been a significant mental and physical toll on everyone,” Walter said. “Hence the decision to give all players at least 10 days away from the game, for physical and mental reasons. The reality is you’ve got to get back on the horse and play again. But I never under-estimate what playing for your country does.

“The inclusion of fresh energy brings a different dynamic to a squad. Even if the majority of the players were in India, having fresh energy around the group adds to being back in the green and gold for South Africa. It was disappointing to miss out at the World Cup. That knocks you hard. But I was super proud. As a group we were proud of the way we played and how we handled ourselves.”

Similarly, the white-ball buck stops with Walter, who wielded his authority knowingly. “Let me throw it out there to create media hype. There are guys like Faf and Rilee as well as Quinny who could be considered for the T20 World Cup. The SA20 will be an important competition as far as the World Cup goes. There are three [T20Is] against West Indies prior to the World Cup, at the end of the IPL. So, there’s plenty of T20 cricket between now and the T20 World Cup.”

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