South Africa calls up Stubbs for T20s in India, no ‘Baby AB’

May 17, 2022 GMT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa gave 21-year-old batter Tristan Stubbs his first call-up to the national squad Tuesday for a five-game Twenty20 series in India next month.

Teenager Dewald Brevis, who made his Indian Premier League debut with Mumbai Indians this year and is viewed as a future star, wasn’t selected though.

South Africa did recall fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who has been hampered by injury since December but has made a return to action in the IPL with the Delhi Capitals.

The Proteas’ 16-man squad also includes a return to the T20 fold for allrounder Wayne Parnell. He was last involved in a T20 series for South Africa in 2017.

Batters Reeza Hendricks and Heinrich Klaasen earned recalls.

Stubbs has played 18 T20 games in domestic cricket in South Africa and is averaging 36.14 with a strike rate of 156. He was called up to the Mumbai squad in the IPL as an injury replacement.

His Mumbai teammate Brevis made a big impression by hitting four sixes in a row in an IPL game against Punjab Kings last month. But the 19-year-old Brevis, nicknamed “Baby AB” because his batting style resembles former South Africa great AB de Villiers, will have to wait a little longer for his chance with the Proteas.

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