De Kock, du Plessis
De Kock, du Plessis rested for remainder of T20 series against Pakistan

South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has been rested for the ongoing Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

In a post-match conference after winning the first T20I against green shirts, the Proteas skipper announced that he would rest for the remaining two games, “I’m being rested for the last two games. I’m the only Test player that’s still playing.”

“There’s been a lot of cricket, especially the three format players have played a lot. Personally, this is an opportunity for me to get the tank filled up again for the Test series (against Sri Lanka),” he said.

While the uncapped Cape Cobras’ Janneman Malan has been called up as replacement of de Kock who has been ruled out of the series with a groin injury.

“Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday,” South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. “He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13.”

On Thursday, South Africa registered a win over Pakistan by six runs in a thrilling finish, that give Proteas a 1-0 lead in the series.

The second match of the series will take place on February 3 in Johannesburg.