South Africa have added left-arm paceman Marco Jansen to their 15-man T20 World Cup squad as a replacement for pace-bowling allrounder Dwaine Pretorius. Meanwhile, Lizaad Williams has been called up to replace Jansen amongst the travelling reserves.
Pretorius, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker for South Africa in the T20 World Cup last year, fractured his left thumb during the third T20I against India in Indore and was subsequently ruled out of the ODI series and the upcoming showpiece event in Australia.
Jansen was the one who was added to the ODI squad for the three-match India series but featured in only one match, ending with figures of 0/43 in 5.1 overs. Jansen, who is also a handy batter down the order, has only played one T20I so far.
On top of that, he doesn’t really have mindblowing numbers in 22 T20s either - 17 wickets at an average of 38.88 and a strike rate of 8.16. However, with the World Cup happening in Australia, the surfaces will assist Jansen who is a tall left-armer and has a high-arm action.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Williams has played all three formats for South Africa and has far better numbers than Jansen in T20s. The right-arm seamer has claimed 72 wickets in 57 T20s at a strike rate of 15.8 and an economy rate of 7.22.
The Proteas will play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh before starting their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign against one of the qualifying teams on October 24.
South Africa squad for T20 WC: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.