The Proteas opted to raise a fist rather than take a knee in recognition of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Prior to the first delivery in the first Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued a statement confirming the stance the team would take.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat on a green-looking pitch.
PROTEAS HANDED DEBUT TO LUTHO SIPAMLA
The Proteas handed a debut to 22-year-old seamer Lutho Sipamla.
He became the 111th Proteas player.
In an excerpt from the statement, CSA stated: We have taken the decision – through a process of deep democracy – to raise our fists at the beginning of the Test series against Sri Lanka as a gesture to express our ongoing commitments. We recognise that gestures have histories and contexts, which carry meaning beyond themselves (both positive and negative) and that these gestures may be open to misinterpretation. Symbols also serve the purpose of communicating shared values and meaning.
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (captain & wkt), Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha