Gerald Coetzee Proteas

Gerald Coetzee of the Proteas celebrates with Aiden Markram. Photo: Deepak Malik/Shutterstock via Backpapgepix

No room for passengers as Proteas build depth

Proteas captain Aiden Markram insists that every player who gets a chance in the playing XI across the summer will be asked to step up.

Gerald Coetzee Proteas

Gerald Coetzee of the Proteas celebrates with Aiden Markram. Photo: Deepak Malik/Shutterstock via Backpapgepix

Proteas skipper Aiden Markram insists that every player who gets a chance in the playing XI across the summer will be asked to step up and do their bit regardless of their experience.

Markram understands that the Proteas need to build depth and that means blooding fresh talent, but he also feels they cannot allow the standards of the group to drop.

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No room for passengers on Proteas bus

With ICC Tournaments coming thick and fast let alone, bilateral series, the Proteas need to have a wider pool of players available to them to be competitive against the likes of India, Australia and England.

“We’ve played a lot of cricket against the guys who are new faces in the squad,” said the skipper according to the Citizen.

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“I suppose you’d like to know them on a deeper level before going into a series with them, but we’ve had a few good days together (in camp) trying to get to know them, understanding what makes them tick and those sorts of things.

“I suppose the nature of cricket these days is that series come thick and fast, and there will be stages when new guys are in, like this series. They’re going to have to find their feet quickly and we’re going to do our best to help them settle down and be as relaxed as they can be in the environment.”

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Revised squad

South Africa T20I squad: Aiden Markram (c), Ottniel Baartman, Matthew Breetzke, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee (1st and 2ndT20Is), Donovan Ferreira, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen (1st and 2nd T20Is), Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, and Lizaad Williams.

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Schedule

Sunday, 10 December – 1st T20I, Durban 

Tuesday, 12 December – 2nd T20I, Gqeberha 

Thursday, 14 December – 3rd T20I, Johannesburg  

Sunday, 17 December – 1st ODI, Johannesburg  

Tuesday, 19 December – 2nd ODI, Gqeberha 

Thursday, 21 December – 3rd ODI, Paarl 

26 December – 30 December – 1st Test, Centurion 

03 January – 07 January – 2nd Test, Cape Town