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Young Sensations Dewald Brevis and Donovan Ferreira joins Proteas Squad for White-Ball Showdown Against Australia

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Date: August 14, 2023

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has unveiled the squads that will lock horns with Australia in a highly-anticipated white-ball series, with a notable addition capturing the spotlight. Momentum Multiply Titans' rising star, Dewald Brevis, has received his maiden call-up to both the T20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) squads, showcasing his prowess as a dynamic batter and marking a new chapter in his cricket journey.

At just 20 years old, Brevis made a significant mark on the global stage by emerging as the top run-scorer in the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup back in January 2022, accumulating a staggering 506 runs in the tournament, the highest by any batter in a single edition. Since then, he has been making waves in T20 leagues across the world, claiming the record for the highest individual domestic T20 score in South Africa, a blazing 162 off 57 balls during the CSA T20 Challenge last season. His recent standout performance in the SA 'A' tour to Sri Lanka further solidified his reputation, with a brilliant 71-ball 98 in the first unofficial 50-over match.

Joining Brevis in the T20I squad for their first taste of international action are his Titans comrades Donovan Ferreira and Gerald Coetzee, the latter having the opportunity to add to his Test and ODI caps if chosen. Donovan is a rags to riches story. A few years ago he was working full time and had no contract. Given a chance by the Titans, Donovan secured a lucrative contract with Joburg Super Kings in the SA 20 tournament. Dafabets Warriors' batter, Matthew Breetzke, completes the fresh additions to the squad, as the selectors emphasize nurturing new talents and expanding the pool of potential stars.

Keshav Maharaj, the experienced spinner, returns to the squad for the second and third T20Is, as well as the ODI series, continuing his determined comeback from a ruptured left Achilles tendon suffered during the Betway Test series against West Indies earlier this year.

Several seasoned players, including Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada, are taking a well-deserved rest during the three-match KFC T20I series, gearing up to rejoin the team for the five-match Betway ODI series, a crucial stepping stone ahead of the World Cup.

The anticipation for the 15-player World Cup squad, set to be announced on September 5, is building, and this white-ball series provides a golden opportunity for emerging talents to make their mark. White-ball head coach Rob Walter expressed the team's eagerness to expand their player base and praised the selected players' consistent domestic performances, while also welcoming back Keshav Maharaj, whose recovery progress has been commendable.

Cricket fans across South Africa can look forward to an exciting series against Australia, where the Proteas will face a formidable opponent in what promises to be a high-intensity contest. As the tour dates approach, the cricketing community eagerly awaits the on-field action, as these encounters will serve as vital preparation for the looming World Cup, with Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe confident in the team's determination and readiness to take on one of the world's best cricketing sides.

The complete T20I and ODI squads have been finalized as follows:

Proteas T20I Squad against Australia:

Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans)
Temba Bavuma (DP World Lions)
Matthew Breetzke (Dafabet Warriors)
Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Donovan Ferreira (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions)
Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions)
Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors)
Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions)
Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors)
Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).
Proteas ODI Squad against Australia:

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions)
Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions)
Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions)
Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors)
Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions)
Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans)
David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors)
Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions)
Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors)
Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).
Here's the tour itinerary:

KFC T20I Series:

Wednesday, August 30 - 18:00

South Africa vs Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
Friday, September 1 - 18:00

South Africa vs Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
Sunday, September 3 - 14:00

South Africa vs Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
Betway ODI Series:

Thursday, September 7 - 13:00

South Africa vs Australia - Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Saturday, September 9 - 13:00

South Africa vs Australia - Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Tuesday, September 12 - 13:00

South Africa vs Australia - JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom
Friday, September 15 - 13:00

South Africa vs Australia - SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sunday, September 17 - 10:00

South Africa vs Australia - DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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