Quinton de Kock was named as captain for the South Africa Test team for the 2020/21 season.
De Kock Appointed as South Africa Test Captain
De Kock was appointed as captain of the South African limited-overs teams last season. But at the time was ruled out as a possible Test captain by CSA’s director of cricket Graeme Smith.
South Africa are scheduled to play the three-Test series this season. Starting with two matches against Sri Lanka from 26 December. They will then play two Tests in Pakistan followed by a series against Australia for which no details have been finalised.
“We are satisfied, as the national selection panel, with the decision that we have made to ensure continuity within the team. While we work towards making the best decision for its future without the pressure of time constraints,” said Mpitsang.
“Quinton is happy to continue in the role for the next season and is comfortable with the balance of the workload and we back him fully as a captain.”
Kagiso Rabada ruled out
Cricket South Africa named a 15-man squad for the series against Sri Lanka. It includes four uncapped players in batsmen Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, and Kyle Verreynne and fast bowler Glenton Stuurman. All-rounder Wiaan Mulder returns after a lengthy injury lay-off.
Leading fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius was not considered for the first Test in Centurion because they are recovering from injuries but Mpitsang said both players would continue to be assessed and could possibly be fit in time for the second Test in Johannesburg, starting on 3 January.
De Kock has led South Africa in eight ODI and 11 T20 internationals. He has no experience of captaincy at the first-class level.
It had speculated that batsmen Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram were regarded as long-term captaincy prospects but that both needed to cement their places in the team.
The South African squad will assemble on 19 December.
South African squad
Quinton de Kock (capt), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Sarel Erwee, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Kyle Verreynne.