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South Africa Squads for India Series: Bavuma Rested for ODI, T20Is, Markram to Lead

South Africa has announced their squads for the upcoming series against India. Temba Bavuma has been rested for the ODI and T20I matches, while Aiden Markram will lead the team. Get all the details and updates here.

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By Crickified Mohit
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South Africa Squads for India Series

South Africa has made some significant changes to its squad for the upcoming white-ball series against India. One of the notable decisions is the rest of batter Temba Bavuma, who struggled in the recent Cricket World Cup. However, Bavuma will still lead the team in the two-test series that follows. Aiden Markram has been appointed as the captain for both the T20 and ODI sides against India.

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Bavuma's Performance in the World Cup

During the World Cup, Bavuma admitted that he was not 100 percent fit, which affected his performance. South Africa made it to the semi-finals but suffered a three-wicket loss to eventual champions Australia. Bavuma opened the innings in the tournament but had a disappointing average of only 18.12 across eight games, with a high score of 35.


Aiden Markram Takes on a Dual Role

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With Quinton de Kock retiring from ODIs after the World Cup, Aiden Markram has been given the responsibility to captain both the T20 and ODI sides against India. This dual role could potentially continue in the future, showcasing Markram's leadership skills and potential for the national team.


Changes in the Squad

In addition to Bavuma's rest, there are several other changes in the squad for the upcoming series. Batters David Bedingham and Tristan Stubbs have received their first call-ups for the Test squad. Fast bowler Nandre Burger has also been included in all three formats. Wicketkeeper-batter Kyle Verreynne and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder have been recalled for the Test and ODI series.

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Kagiso Rabada Rested for Limited-Overs Games

One notable omission from the limited-overs games is premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. He has been given rest to play domestic four-day cricket and be fully prepared for the test matches. Similarly, Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen will also not participate in the ODIs for the same reason.


Test Squad Strength

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The Test squad boasts a near full-strength lineup, which is a significant boost for the team. According to test coach Shukri Conrad, this is a promising start for the new ICC World Test Championship cycle, providing a strong incentive for everyone involved.


Tour Schedule

India's tour of South Africa will begin with three T20 matches in Durban, Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), and Johannesburg from December 10-14. The teams will then switch formats for three ODIs between December 17-21, played in the latter two venues and Paarl. The first Test will commence on December 26 in Pretoria, followed by the second Test on January 3 at Newlands in Cape Town.

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T20 squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Ottniel Baartman, Matthew Breetzke, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Donovan Ferreira, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs and Lizaad Williams

ODI squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Ottniel Baartman, Nandre Burger, Tony de Zorzi, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Mihlali Mpongwana, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne and Lizaad Williams

Test squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), David Bedingham, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Tristan Stubbs and Kyle Verreynne


Conclusion

South Africa's decision to rest Temba Bavuma for the ODI and T20I series against India is aimed at allowing him to regain full fitness and find his form. Aiden Markram's appointment as captain for both formats reflects the team's confidence in his leadership abilities. The inclusion of new players and the near full-strength Test squad provide an optimistic outlook for South Africa in the upcoming series against India.

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