Steyn included in Proteas T20 World Cup squad
Rilee Rossouw and David Wiese return to the squad after missing the Indian tour due to injury.
CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa has announced the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup to be held in India next month.
The 15-man squad will also play in the upcoming T20 series against England and Australia over the next month heading into the World Cup.
Rilee Rossouw and David Wiese return to the squad after missing the Indian tour due to injury. Aaron Phangiso also returns and has been preferred to Eddie Leie as the second specialist spin bowling option.
Dale Steyn also makes the squad, although his inclusion is subject to his being passed fit.
Convenor of selectors Linda Zondi said, "Dale's return is very good news. He brings tremendous experience and leadership to the team, not to mention his skills as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation."
Zondi added that, "We have a lot of experience in this group with 10 of the players having played in the last World Twenty20 in 2014, also on the sub-continent."
Zondi also shared the thinking behind Phangiso's inclusion.
"The inclusion of Aaron means that we have all our spin bowling options covered with him, Imran Tahir and JP Duminy offering the different varieties. Left-arm spin bowlers tend to play big roles under Indian conditions."
Faf Du Plessis will continue his role as captain of the T20 side that enjoyed a 2-0 series win against India last year.
Du Plessi said, "The ICC World T20 is the competition that we have been working towards over the last 18 months. We have had disappointments in the past and this year is another great opportunity for us to lift that elusive ICC trophy. We have been playing together as a squad for some time now and are really hungry and motivated to put in the performances to bring us success. I'm really excited about the group of players who will be representing the country and hope we can make everyone proud."
The Proteas will be in Group One consisting of England, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
One more nation will be added to the group out of Hong Kong, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
Coach Russell Domingo says it is anybody's tournament to win.
"We are in a tough group in the tournament with England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and a qualifier. All of the top six teams in the world rankings have the skill and ability to lift the trophy so it's a completely open competition with high stakes."
PROTEAS T20 SQUAD:
Faf du Plessis
Quinton de Kock
AB de Villiers