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Proteas name Du Plessis T20 captain

21 February, 2013

DURBAN: Faf du Plessis, the South Africa batsman, has been appointed full-time Twenty20 captain, beginning with the matches against Pakistan, after AB de Villiers requested to stand down from the role.

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The development means South Africa will have a different captain for each format, with Graeme Smith leading the Test side, de Villiers the ODI team and du Plessis the T20 side.

Jacques Kallis was once again rested from the limited-overs squads to play Pakistan - he had missed the games against New Zealand too - as South Africa seek to manage his workload. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Hashim Amla had asked for a break from T20 cricket to focus on the other two formats and so was left out of the squad, as was Dale Steyn, who was also rested.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel, who will miss the third Test in Centurion because of a hamstring injury sustained at Newlands, was named in the ODI squad but will be replaced by the uncapped Kyle Abbott for the T20 matches. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who is missing the Tests against Pakistan because of an ankle injury, was also named in both limited-overs squads.

Henry Davids, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris and Quinton de Kock, who made their T20 debuts against New Zealand, were retained in the squad, but wicketkeeper de Kock lost his ODI spot to David Miller.

ODI SQUAD: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

TWENTY20 SQUAD: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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