AB De Villiers Back for New Zealand Limited-Overs Series

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers will return from paternity leave for South Africa’s Twenty20 and one-day international matches against New Zealand later this month.

De Villiers missed the recent rain-hit Test series against Bangladesh in order to be with his wife when she gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son.

Two other leading players, all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel, will miss the three-match one-day series against New Zealand because of paternity leave but are part of the squad for two T20 matches.

All-rounder David Wiese is in line to win his first one-day cap. He has previously played in T20 internationals.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Morne van Wyk has been recalled for both squads in the absence of Quinton de Kock, who has joined the South Africa A squad on a tour of India in a quest to regain batting form.

One-day squad

AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Morne van Wyk (wkt), David Wiese

Twenty20 international squad

Du Plessis (captain), Abbott, Amla, Behardien, De Villiers, JP Duminy, Eddie Leie, Miller, Morne Morkel, Phangiso, Rabada, Rossouw, Van Wyk (wkt), Wiese



14 First T20 international, Durban

16 Second T20 international, Centurion

19 First one-day international, Centurion

23 Second one-day international, Potchefstroom

26 Third one-day international, Durban


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