Tristan Stubbs will wear the wicketkeeping gloves in the first T20 match between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead.
With Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen enjoying a break in the batting series, the wicketkeeping duties will be split between Stubbs, Matthew Breetzke and Donovan Ferreira.
The 23-year-old Stubbs has previously worked behind the goals for the Warriors in a multi-day match against the Boland. He then took advantage of eight catches in the power play.
Captain Aiden Markram is confident that the young player can come up with a similar performance on the international stage.
“Tristan has worked very hard in the past few weeks and those who know him well know that he is a player who does not back down from a challenge. He spent hours honing his wicketkeeping skills and it’s nice to see,” said the Proteas’ T20 captain.
Stubbs has previously shown what he can do against international opposition when he smashed 72 runs from just 28 deliveries in the opening match of the T20 series against England in Bristol.
The eight big sixes were definitely the icing on the cake and although the South Africans still lost the match by 41 runs, he gave local fans a reason to believe for a while.
In the third and deciding game of the very series, he came up with a brilliant one-handed catch to get rid of Moeen Ali.
The T20 action against the Aussies starts tonight at 18:00 and the match is broadcast live on SuperSport.
Proteas’ T20 squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Temba Bavuma, Matthew Breetzke, Dewald Brevis, Gerald Coetzee, Donovan Ferreira, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Lizaad Williams and Rassie van the Dussen.