Batsman Rilee Rossouw has been called up to South Africa’s squad for the remainder of this month’s Test series against West Indies, after wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Rossouw has played three ODI and T20I caps respectively, but is uncapped at Test level. The diminutive Temba Bavuma, however, will likely debut as De Kock’s replacment in the batting order before Rossouw in the second Test next week – and the veteran AB de Villiers will keep wicket.
‘Rilee has been knocking on the door for some time,” said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.
‘He and Temba shared a partnership of 343 at a run rate of almost four to the over in the recent winning series for South Africa A against Australia A.
‘The fact that he has also recently represented the Proteas in both the limited-overs formats means that he will integrate easily into the Proteas squad system.’
The Proteas lead the three-match series on the back of a convincing inning and 220-run triumph in Centurion. St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and Newlands in Cape Town will hosts Tests two and three respectively.