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South Africa replace JJ Smuts with George Linde for India T20Is

by Saurabh Sharma Sep 05, 2019 • 14:57 PM

Johannesburg, Sep 5: South Africa have roped in all-rounder George Linde as a replacement for Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts for the three-match T20I series against India, starting September 15 in Dharamsala.

According to Cricket South Africa media release, Smuts has been withdrawn from the tour after failing to meet the team's fitness standards. 

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Linde, since his debut for Western Province in 2012, has featured in 75 T20s in which he has picked up 77 wickets.

A left-arm spinner and a handy lower-order batsman, Linde is currently in India with the South Africa 'A' team and will join the Proteas upon their arrival. He scored a quickfire 52* in the second game of the five-match series, and has picked up three wickets in as many games so far.

The rest of the squad is expected to depart for India on Friday.

South Africa T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde