Nick Gordon
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19 Feb 2016
5:51 pm

Duminy, Miller in for first England T20

Nick Gordon

Miller sat out for the entire duration of the five match one day series.

South Africa's David Miller celebrates his century during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Seddon Park in Hamilton on February 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

The Proteas have won the toss and will bowl in the first T20 international against England at Newlands on Friday.

As far as team news is concerned, Quinton de Kock has been ruled out with a slight niggle and as a result AB de Villiers will be tasked with the wicketkeeping responsibilities. There is also a return for JP Duminy, who sat out the final one day international, and David Miller in the middle-order.

Miller sat out for the entire duration of the five match one day series.

The Proteas have also opted to go with two bowling all-rounders in the form of David Wiese and Chris Morris with Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir the three other bowling options.

England have also opted for a strong XI with both sides trying to find their winning mojo before the start of the ICC World T20 in India next month.

“First and foremost it’s going to be a priority to win games. Today we’re playing what we think is our best XI,” captain Eoin Morgan said at the toss.

The second and final match of the series takes place at the Wanderers on Sunday.

There is rain around Newlands which may be a factor as the evening progresses.

The wet weather impeded the finish of the curtain-raiser between the Proteas women and England’s women with Duckworth-Lewis needed to decided a winner.

The calculation fell in favour of the Proteas women, who won by 17-runs per the calculation, as they claimed a first ever T20 success over England to level their three match series at one-all. They’ll also play at the Wanderers on Sunday.

Proteas XI: Amla, De Villiers, Du Plessis, Duminy, Rossouw, Miller, Wiese, Morris, Abbott, Rabada, Imran Tahir.

England XI: Hales, Roy, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jordan, Adil Rashid, Willey, Topley