The Proteas A team is on tour in Sri Lanka with a number of players looking to send a strong message to the selectors with some good form.
The first ODI takes place on Sunday, 4 June with the Proteas having only arrived on Wednesday.
“I’m quite excited about the challenge of leading the A side for this tour,” said De Zorzi.
Proteas players in the mix
De Zorzi is just one of a number of senior caps on the tour and is looking to bolster his reputation with some runs.
He is joined by Keegan Petersen and the returning Zubayr Hamza as the top order players looking to give the Proteas selectors a headache.
Young duo Tristan Stubbs and Dewald Brevis are two others that will start in Sri Lanka with plenty to gain.
“It’s a massive honour and I’m really pleased to be given the job.
“We have a very talented squad of players that have been put together by coach Shukri. I’m pleased to be working with them and look forward to learning from them as well.
“We want to obviously go there and win both series, that’s the main target. We also want to see players develop in different conditions at the same time, so that is the aim.”
De Zorzi is confident the team has done enough preparation work in the buildup to the first game.
“We caught a lot of the nets, we had double sessions most of the mornings, followed by afternoon sessions. We also had a couple of warm-up games and then middle-session scenarios.
“It’s always nice to be in the middle, spend time on the legs for the batters and for the bowlers to get a proper feel of some game time with some match-like intensity and then obviously preparing for certain conditions as well.
“So I think preparations have gone really well and everyone is ready to go and hit the ground running come the weekend.”
SA A team to tour Sri Lanka
South Africa A squad: Tony de Zorzi (captain, Western Province), Corbin Bosch (Titans), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Dewald Brevis (Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Knights), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Jordan Hermann (Warriors), Tshepo Moreki (Western Province), Senuran Muthusamy (Dragons), Keegan Petersen (Dolphins), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Tristan Stubbs (Warriors), Kyle Verreynne (Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Titans).
Sri Lanka A vs South Africa A fixtures:
4 June – 1st one-day match, Kandy
6 June – 2nd one-day match, Kandy
8 June – 3rd one-day match, Kandy
12-15 June – 1st four-day match, Dambulla
19-22 June – 2nd four-day match, Dambulla
Keegan Petersen has earned a Proteas national contract. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix