T20 World Cup Shamsi South Africa Proteas

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Rodger BOSCH / AFP

Breaking News: Proteas Playing XI is announced

Tabraiz Shamsi has passed fit and will feature in the Proteas playing XI against Australia in South Africa’s T20 World Cup opener.

T20 World Cup Shamsi South Africa Proteas

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Rodger BOSCH / AFP

Proteas skipper Remba Bavuma revealed his team’s playing XI after losing the toss ahead of their match against Australia at the T20 World Cup.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The Proteas have opted to play two spinners in Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi while Australia have left out Ashton Agar with Adam Zampa the only specialist spinner in their ranks although Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith could turn their arms over.

Proteas Playing XI

Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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This is a match that sees two of the tournament’s most fearsome fast bowling units, best-equipped spin arsenals, and powerful batting orders face off.

It is also a match featuring two sides with very different form-lines and contrasting levels of outward expectation.

With the likes of AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis no longer in the squad, South Africa enter the tournament without the regular media hype that follows them going into ICC events despite the likes of de Kock, Rabada and company.

Australia conversely have seen their stocks rise notably since confirming a squad that includes the ilk of Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Warner, Starc, Smith and Pat Cummins.

At 12:00 (SAST) in Abu Dhabi, the two teams commence their campaigns and in truth it is the Proteas who should be favourites in the match if form means anything.

They’re currently on a run of seven straight T20I wins on top of taking out both their warm-up matches ahead of today’s game. Only Bangladesh have won as many T20Is this year as South Africa – 11 – in men’s cricket.

On the other end of the spectrum, Australia has won just four of their 15 T20Is this year, suffering series losses in New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.

Despite that, it’s hard to look at their squad and not be impressed. There’s no doubt that if they click, they can go all the way.

What is clear is that neither team can really afford to slip up in this match. With games to come against world No.1s England, reigning champions West Indies and battle-hardened Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, teams can ill-afford to miss out on points in a group featuring five Test members.