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Cricket news - Lutho Sipamla earns call-up to South Africa's T20 squad

Rabada has been rested for this series.

Warrior was quickly named bowler Lutho Sipamla, in a 14-man South Africa squad for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan. The 20-year-old fast bowler rose to fame in the just-concluded Mzansi Super League, where he took 16 wickets at 20.56 10 games for the Tshwane Spartans, finishing only behind Duanne Olivier ranking of the 20 wickets in the series-charts.

"Lutho made a very good impression in the Mzansi Super League, it makes a great contribution to our talent pipeline, said in bridging the gap between franchise and international cricket matches," National selection Panel convener Linda Zondi.

Also in the squad are keeper-batsman Gihahn Cloete, of his national-team debut in a T20I against Zimbabwe in East London in October 2018. National selection Panel convenor confirmed that Cloete would don the gloves at some point in the course of the series, despite the presence of two guardians, the higher in the hierarchy - Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen. This, Zondi said, was a means to prepare a successor and build a strong pool of reserve players.

"Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran and Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Gihahn Cloete and Anrich Nortje were all outstanding players in the MSL and it harvests is already dividends for the future of South African cricket," said Zondi.

"With the exception of Anrich, who is still injured, these players are all part of the T20 squad. We give Gihahn to the opportunity to keep wicket as part of our strategy to build, in order to safeguard the depth in the wicket keeping position Quinton de Kock with two Gihahn and Heinrich Klaasen brought capable of holding down positions as a specialist batsman," he added.

As indicated, during the announcement of the ODI squad for the premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was not selected to be the series to rest as a means for him to have, before South Africa started their last leg of preparation on the way to the 2019 world Cup in England. The three-match T20I series starting on may 1. February in Cape town, before the following games in Johannesburg (3. February) and Centurion (6. February) draw the curtains on Pakistan tour.

T20 Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen brought, David Miller , Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen

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