Proteas limited-overs coach Rob Walter says Aidan Markram’s progression to the T20I captaincy was a logical one.
Markram has replaced Temba Bavuma, who was not included in the squad for the three-match T20I series against the West Indies, which starts on 25 March in Centurion. Bavuma will captain the Proteas in the ODI series.
“Aiden has shown himself to be a leader over some time now, with his most recent success being with the Sunrisers,” Walter said on Tuesday.
“It seemed like a logical progression into the national team’s leadership, and he’s been there before. He’s matured a lot as a player and a leader since then. Aiden’s been a leader in the group for a long time.
“Temba missing out was purely a T20 performance-based decision,” he added. “My job is to work with him to get him back into the team again, which will be one of our focuses.”
Dewald Brevis was a notable omission from the T2oI squad, with many expecting the 19-year-old batting star to be blooded in this series.
However, Walter explained that his immediate focus was on the ODI team and ensuring it was well prepared for the two matches against the Netherlands on 31 March and 2 April, which the Proteas must win to stand any chance of qualifying directly for the ODI World Cup in India later this year.
“For me, the T20 team build-up will begin a bit later and the new faces will be seen a little further down the track,” he said. “The Australian series in August is possibly where that might take place, but for now, the ODI side will get my specific attention.”
Proteas T20I squad – Aiden Markram (captain, Titans), Quinton de Kock ( Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Sisanda Magala (Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Western Province), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Warriors).