Proteas vs Australia: Hendricks called up as batting cover

The Proteas have called Reeza Hendricks into their T20I squad for the remaining two T20Is after injuries to Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen.

Bavuma and Klaasen missed the series opener at the Wanderers with Rassie van der Dussen opening and Pite van Biljon handed a T20I debut in a heavy defeat for the Proteas.

Hendricks in after injuries to Proteas batsmen

Klaasen suffered a right hip injury during the team’s warm-up session ahead of the opener at the Wanderers while Bavuma pulled up injured in the third and final T20I against England.

Hendricks joined the Proteas’ squad on Saturday evening and is in contention to play against Australia at St George’s Park on Sunday 23 February.

Bavuma was a solid presence at the top of the order in the series against England, while Klaasen struck a superb half-century against England at Supersport Park.

Neither player has been conclusively ruled out of the second T20I and both remain with the Proteas’ group.

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Reeza Hendricks of the Proteas during the 3rd T20 International match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

30-year-old Lions opener Hendricks played the most recent of his 22 T20Is in September 2019 on the tour to India. He was part of the Proteas ODI squad that took on England, but he managed just 52 runs in three innings.

Hendricks was in action a week ago when the Lions took on the Cobras in Potchefstroom in the Momentum One Day Cup. He has four half-centuries to his name in T20I cricket but in the domestic game has brought up three figures on three separate occasions in the shortest format.

The Proteas batting caved in the first T20I of the series with Ashton Agar taking a hat-trick after skipper Quinton de Kock got a ripper of a yorker from Mitchell Starc in the first over of the chase.

The Proteas Women are also in action on Sunday taking on England in their opening fixture of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Dane van Niekerk won the toss and opted to put England in to bat in Perth.

Proteas T20 squad vs Australia

Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper, Titans), Temba Bavuma (Lions), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Pite van Biljon (Knights), Dwaine Pretorius (Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dale Steyn (Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans).

Australia T20 squad 

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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