Quinton de Kock has been named in both the ICC Test team and the One-Day outfit for 2017.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is one of three in the Test team alongside opener Dean Elgar and pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada.
And he would play alongside AB de Villiers in the One-Day team if the ICC could put them in the field.
Elgar would open with David Warner (Australia), while Rabada would probably be first change after James Anderson (England) and Mitchell Starc (Australia) all under the captaincy of India’s Virat Kohli, making his debut in the ICC Test Team of the Year. He was also named ICC Cricketer of the Year.
As an added bonus for South Africa, Marais Erasmus won the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year for the second successive year.
‘Congratulations to all our players as well as umpire Erasmus for their well-deserved recognition,’ said CSA Acting CEO Thabang Moroe. ‘Our Proteas continue to carry the Protea Fire flag proudly and with great skill wherever they play and we are immensely proud of them.
‘For Marais Erasmus to be named umpire of the year for a second successive year is a huge achievement. He remains a superb role model and inspiration to our match officials.’
ICC Test Team of the Year 2017: Dean Elgar (South Africa), David Warner (Australia), Virat Kohli (captain, India), Steve Smith (Australia), Cheteshwar Pujara (India), Ben Stokes (England), Quinton de Kock (wk, South Africa), Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), James Anderson (England).
ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017: David Warner (Australia), Rohit Sharma (India), Virat Kohli (captain, India), Babar Azam (Pakistan), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Quinton de Kock (wk, South Africa), Ben Stokes (England), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Jasprit Bumrah (India)