George van Heerden to captain SA Under-19

File image: George van Heerden.

Batsman George van Heerden will captain South Africa Under-19 in the T20 Knockout tournament this week.

Van Heerden has been preferred to previous captain Jade Smith, who has been retained in the squad.

Matthew Boast was included in the squad originally, but has since been replaced by Hardus Coetzer.

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South Africa Under-19 squad

  1. Liam Alder
  2. Hardus Coetzer
  3. Dewald Brevis
  4. Michael Copeland
  5. Ethan Cunningham
  6. Valentine Kitime
  7. GJ Maree
  8. Aphiwe Mnyanda
  9. Jesse Prodehl
  10. Andile Simelane
  11. Jade Smith
  12. Kaden Solomons
  13. Joshua Stephenson
  14. Asakhe Tsaka
  15. George van Heerden

South Africa Under-19 have been pooled with KwaZulu-Natal Coastal (Dolphins), Easterns (Storm) and North West (Dragons). The pool fixtures will be played at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.

“We certainly don’t see ourselves as underdogs,” said South Africa Under-19 head coach Shukri Conrad.

“Although it’s an integral part of our preparation for the World Cup, we see this competition as one that we if we give a good account of ourselves and perform like we know we can.

“There’s no reason why we can’t be there in the quarter-final stages.

“It will also be good preparation from a mental side – how we cope with these sort of pressures that are similar to what the World Cup will bring.”

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