By BV Swagath
The New Zealand tour of South Africa kicks off on Friday with the two teams playing the first match of the three KFC International T20 Series at Durban. This T20 Series will be perhaps the only time when the Kiwis can be on par with the Proteas. In the ODIs and the Test Series to follow, the South Africans are much formidable than the Black Caps who will be without their best batsman Ross Taylor. Brendon McCullum will take over as New Zealand’s new Captain in all the three formats of the game.
The Proteas will be led by middle order batsman Faf du Plessis in the T20Is with AB de Villiers, the original Skipper seeking a break from Cricket South Africa. The three T20Is between the two teams will be played on the 21st at Durban, 23rd at East London and the third one at Port Elizabeth on the 26th. As we know, the South Africans will see a T20I match on the Boxing Day instead of the traditional Test match played on this date every year.
South Africa Squad: Richard Levi, Faf du Plessis (Captain), Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(w), Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Henry Davids, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Aaron Phangiso, Rory Kleinveldt, David Miller, Chris Morris, Ryan McLaren
New Zealand Squad: Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum (Captain), James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Nathan McCullum, Derek de Boorder (Wicket Keeper), Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Peter Fulton, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, James Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan