South Africa name uncapped player Neil Brand as Test captain for New Zealand series

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Neil Brand. (Image Credits: Instagram)

South African national cricket team kick-started the third cycle of the ICC World Test Championship on a positive note with a clinical win over Team India. The Proteas led by Temba Bavuma won the game by an innings and 32 runs to take the first lead in the series.

Rightly so, they are on top of the ICC WTC points table. Meanwhile, they are gearing up for the second and final Test against India. The game will kick off tomorrow at Cape Town and they will be looking forward to sealing the deal. A win or a draw will help them end the series in their favour.

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Meanwhile, in the latest development, Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made a bold move while announcing the squad for the New Zealand Test series. CSA named their uncapped player Neil Brand as Test captain, a surprising or rather shocking move that no one saw that coming in the first place.

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Neil Brand named Test captain for New Zealand Tests

Uncapped player Neil Brand is going to etch his name into the history books as he will be leading South Africa for New Zealand Tests. The surprising development comes after the international series clashes with South Africa’s premier T20 tournament, SA20.

Since all the senior players from the nation will be turning up for the tournament, CSA had some tough calls to make. Interestingly, the 14-man squad comprises a majority of debutants who will be announcing their arrival in international cricket.

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Meanwhile, the likes of David Bedingham and Keegan Petersen are already a part of the home Test series against Team India. The duo will be a part of the squad for the New Zealand series. On the contrary, the CSA selectors have picked the experienced duo namely Duanne Olivier and Dane Piedt for the upcoming series.

For the record, South Africa’s tour of New Zealand will get underway in February. The Test opener will kick off on February 4 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The second Test will begin on February 13 at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

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