Proteas inclusion for George Linde

File image: George Linde.File image: George Linde.

Brackenfell Cricket Club and Cape Cobras star George Linde has replaced fellow spin-bowling all-rounder Jon-Jon Smuts in the Proteas’ squad for this month’s T20I series against India.

Smuts has been withdrawn from the squad after failing to meet the team’s fitness requirements.

Linde is currently part of South Africa A’s tour of India. He struck a brisk half-century in the second limited-overs fixture and took two key wickets in the third, but the tourists lost both matches.

The left-arm spinner will play for the Cape Town Blitz in the second edition of the Mzansi Super League later this year. He was effectively retained by the Blitz for R200,000 in round eight of this week’s MSL player draft.

The 27-year-old Linde joined Brackenfell Cricket Club from fellow Western Province Cricket Association premier league outfit Durbanville Cricket Club earlier this year.

“We are delighted to have George on board. He is an established player in first-class cricket,” Brackenfell Cricket Club chairman Tertius Dippenaar told Club Cricket SA at the time.

“We are looking forward to him adding value to our club community – on and off the field.”

Proteas squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Rassie van der Dussen (vice-captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.

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