By: Mazizi Ndzimela | Thu, 28 Feb 2013
With the South African Test side wrapping up yet another comprehensive victory against Pakistan with 3-0 whitewash, the spotlight now falls on the T20
team to pull-off a similar feat.
The current squad comprises mostly inexperienced players who are still learning the ropes. Faf du Plessis has been appointed captain for the series against a more-than-capable Pakistani side.
Selection will be pivotal in order to ensure the team performs well against a side that will pose a challenge.
Here's our idea starting 11 to take on Pakistan in the first T20 (Friday, 1 March at 17:30, broadcast live on SS2/SS2HD).
Quinton de Kock
(Wicket-keeper) - We saw flashes of the 20 year-old’s capabilities against New Zealand and realised that De Kock can be destructive batsman when given the chance.
- Having only played three T20 internationals, the Titans batsman already has two half centuries to his name and is a good prospect.
Faf du Plessis
- The captain is the ideal candidate to come in at number three if an early wicket falls and is not afraid to take on the bowling.
AB de Villiers
- De Villiers is an all-round cricketer - his clean hitting is unsurpassed and is agility makes him a dangerous fielder. Without the burden of captaincy he will focus on his batting.
- In his last T20 game Miller scored 28 runs in 27 ball at number five. He deserves another chance in the same position to prove his worth to the team.
- Still striving to make his mark at
international level, the Titans batsman can hit a cricket ball for
miles, as he proved in his debut match against India when he scored 20
runs from 11 runs. And he can squeeze in a few overs with the ball.
- Peterson last played a T20 International against England. His confidence is on a high after the test series and he is a dangerous batsman at the latter part of the innings.
- He can bowl very fast and can clear the boundary ropes with ease. His talent was recognised by IPL team the Chennai Super Kings at the 2013 IPL Players Auction.
- Kleinveldt has been in superb from in the longer version of the game and is capable with the bat.
- With his confidence still high after taking his
career-best figures of 7/29 in the Tests against Pakistan, leaving him
out of the starting 11 will be hard to do.
- The Warriors bowler is assigned the task of leading the South African attack and he will not want to disappoint.
Don’t miss the first T20 International Friday, 1 March 2013 on SS2/SS2HD at 17:30 and via live streaming on supersport.com.