Sports Reporter
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10 Jun 2021
3:42 pm

Proteas pick two debutants; West Indies opt to bat

Sports Reporter

The touring Proteas have backed two rookie international batsmen for the first Test against the West Indies, starting in St Lucia on Thursday.

Proteas captain Dean Elgar of South Africa and Kraigg Brathwaite of West Indies pose with the Betway Test Series trophy ahead of the teams' two-Test series. Picture: Randy Brooks / AFP

The Proteas have picked two rookie international batsmen, Keegan Petersen and Kyle Verrynne, to make their debuts against the West Indies in the first Test in St Lucia on Thursday.

Petersen is expected to bat at number three, in the place vacated by former captain Faf du Plessis, while Verrynne will come in at number five, in place of Temba Bavuma, who is nursing a hip injury.

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first.

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The South Africans opted to go into the Test with just five specialist batsmen, with wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock set to bat at number six. Wiaan Mulder, an all-rounder is down to bat at number eight, with spinner Keshav Maharaj at number seven.