Still think he should have stuck around was definitely in the one day and probably test squad. Fml with him at the wild cup we stood a chance but hey I guess politics crushes passion. Still happy when sa players do well abroad
There's talk that with the meteoric rise of Jasprit Bumrah as well as regulars like Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandiya, India might prepare tracks that suit them. So hopefully we won't have to deal with the likes of Ravi Ashwin turning it square on day one with a new ball. Still going to be a monumental challenge though and while I can't see us winning a test series in India, hopefully we won't capitulate so meekly like we did the last time we went there.
Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock(w/c), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi
I've never had any doubts about Bavuma's LOI credentials. Always felt he'd do a bit better at them than Tests. If Bavuma was playing for India, they would have won. He rotated the strike selflessly and didn't try and slog(then get out) when under pressure after one or two balls. This batting order is fine for ODIs, but in T20s it has to be a straight shoot-out between him and Reeza to partner QdK, then one more big hitter comes into the batting order. Otherwise there will be no T20CWC with this side. Great bowling, but part of it was down to India as well. If they keep it up I'll have faith.
I underestimated just how much QdK loves and follows the game. Always thought of him as one of those talents who are great at something but not much of a student/fanatic of it. But you can tell he's been keeping an eye on his captains (Smith, AB, Amla, Faf and his IPL captains and coaches). Most importantly, he knows his teammates. In particular there is a very strong Lions(or were Lions) cog in this team (Beuran, Reeza, Rassie, Pretotius, Bavuma, Fortuin, Dala, Rabada) Basically the Proteas are the Lions, and those who are not eg Phehlukwayo have been around him in the national team for a long time now. So he also knows his teammates' abilities and deficiences very well.