Springboks name XI to take on Proteas

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The Springboks have named a strong XI to face the Proteas in a much-anticipated exhibition match during the Festival of Cricket, which will be hosted at Newlands in Cape Town on 3 January.

The Springboks have named a strong XI to face the Proteas in a much-anticipated exhibition match during the Festival of Cricket, which will be hosted at Newlands in Cape Town on 3, 4 and 5 January.

The rugby-turned-cricket team will be led by centre Jean de Villiers – and most of the players attended schools with strong cricketing traditions like Grey College, Maritzburg College, Paarl Gymnasium and Paul Roos Gymnasium.

Former Springbok captain Victor Matfield, in fact, earned provincial age-group colours as a fast bowler.

"We are really looking forward to this historic match," said de Villiers. "We are all very keen cricket supporters and we would like to urge all supporters to come out to Newlands and share in a fun evening and cheer on your favourite team."

The three-day Festival of Cricket will also include the North versus South T20 challenge and the opening round of the RAM SLAM T20, featuring all six franchises.

Former Springbok captain and team manager Bob Skinstad added: "This is a very talented group of men and I'm really excited to see how they perform against some of the top cricketers in the world."

<b>Springbok XI:</b> Jean de Villiers (captain), Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis, Butch James, Fabian Juries, Tiaan Liebenberg, Willie le Roux, Victor Matfield, Frans Steyn, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe.

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