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Quinton to lead Proteas as pace ace eyes return.

QUINTON De Kock will continue as South Africa captain for the upcoming Twenty20 series against England, which could mark Dale Steyn's return to international cricket after nearly a year on the sidelines.

Steyn, 36, ended a stellar Test career last year after collecting a national record of 439 wickets, at a fantastic average of 22.95, in an effort to continue in the limited-overs formats.

While Steyn has not featured for South Africa since March last year, the Proteas say the fast bowler has "fully recovered" from a longstanding | Quinton de Kock shoulder injury to take his place in a 16-man squad for the three T20s.

| Dale Steyn The series gets under way next Wednesday at East London, where De Kock, the recently-appointed one-day skipper who took charge of the T20 side in India last year, will lead the team in the absence of the rested Faf Du Plessis.

Kagiso Rabada has also been stood down, despite a series in which both South Africa and England will be ramping up preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

Pite Van Biljon's form with the bat in South Africa's domestic T20 competition has led to his call-up while seamer Sisanda Magala, also uncapped, must pass a fitness test before taking his place in the squad.

Magala was cut from the ODI party after failing to meet the necessary fitness standards.

"We are pleased with the group that we have selected for this upcoming T20 series against England," said Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa's acting director of cricket.

"We have once again taken the opportunity to reward some of the hard workers of our domestic franchise system, while some of our key senior players continue with their much-needed rest period.

"We have again put our faith in Quinton to lead this group of exciting cricketers, picking up where he left off in India where he showed exemplary leadership.

"England have, of course, announced a competitive team and we are comfortable that we have the squad that can take them on and return positive results."

There is no place in the squad for AB De Villiers, despite speculation the former South Africa captain is in talks to come out of international retirement.

South Africa T20 squad: Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.

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Date:Feb 9, 2020
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