South Africa release Davids

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Batsman Henry Davids has been released from South Africa's squad, ahead of Friday's second and final Twenty20 International against Pakistan at Newlands in Cape Town.

Batsman Henry Davids has been released from South Africa's squad, ahead of Friday's second and final Twenty20 International against Pakistan at Newlands in Cape Town.

Davids, who scored just three in the rain-affected victory in the series opener at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, will instead appear in the Titans' first-class fixture against the Lions at Centurion.

"You've got to feel for Henry – to go from opening to the middle order and especially against the Pakistan attack where you're going to get a lot of spinners bowling at you, it's really tough. And it's kind of unfair on him," said captain Faf du Plessis.

"Hopefully he will learn from this more than anything else and he will understand how to grow his game. He is the next best batsman in the set-up, but he needs to make sure he can play anywhere in the team. If we have an injury in the World T20, he needs to make sure he can step into any position."

The Proteas welcomed a solid total of 153 for seven on the back of a brisk 72-run stand between openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock on Wednesday.

The Pakistanis later moved to an insufficient 60 for two in 9.1 overs, before inclement weather saw the Duckworth-Lewis system allow the hosts a four-run victory.

De Kock was named Man of the Match for a quickfire 43, which featured eight boundaries and spanned a mere 33 deliveries.

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