SA captain AB de Villiers to go on paternity leave, set to miss Test series vs Bangladesh

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Cape Town, May 28: South Africa captain AB de Villiers will not feature in the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh after he was permitted to go on paternity leave on Wednesday, while pacers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander have been rested for One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

De Villiers, who has been granted leave for the birth of his first child with wife Danielle will, however, be back for the ODIs, reports ESPNcricinfo.

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The wicketkeeper-batsman's absence in the five-day format will end a run of 98 Tests, the fifth-longest stretch behind Allan Border (153), Alastair Cook (111), Mark Waugh (107) and Sunil Gavaskar (106).

South Africa have named four uncapped players -- batsman Reeza Hendricks, wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso and Under-19 fast bowler Kagiso Rabada - in the Test squad.

All four have played in limited overs cricket for the Proteas but have not featured in a Test.

Fast bowlers Rabada, Chris Morris and all-rounder Ryan McLaren have been picked in the ODI outfit. Leg-spinner Eddie Leie, 22, has been named in the T20 squad that does not include Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

South Africa is scheduled to play two T20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in Bangladesh between July 5 and July 30.

South Africa Test squad: Hashim Amla (captain), Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Stiaan van Zyl, Jean-Paul Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Vilas.

ODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren.

T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Eddie Leie, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks.

IANS

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