Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday announced South Africa’s one-day international (ODI) squad for the remainder of the series against Sri Lanka.
Jacques Kallis has been rested while Hashim Amla has been granted time off as his wife is expecting the couple’s first child. All-rounder Rory Kleinveldt has been ruled out through injury.
“Hashim Amla has been forced to stand down because of family responsibilities while Rory Kleinveldt has a relatively long-term injury,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.
bizhub Highveld Lions batsman Alviro Petersen was recalled as a replacement for Amla, with Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras all-rounder Vernon Philander and Chevrolet Warriors batsman Colin Ingram filling the other two places.
“Both Petersen and Philander showed excellent form in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka and they have also represented the Proteas in the ODI format before so I don’t anticipate their having any problems adapting to 50 overs cricket,” said Hudson.
“Ingram has also been in top form in domestic cricket and was a member of the squad that went to the World Cup last year after making a century on debut against Zimbabwe.”
“Although we are sad to lose players such as Amla and Kallis I see this as an opportunity to try out our options.
“There are still places up for grabs in our ODI squad and I must say I am excited to see the talent coming through our development pipeline.”
Petersen played the first of his 14 ODIs against Zimbabwe in 2006 with the most recent one being in the West Indies in 2010.
Philander made his ODI debut against Ireland at Belfast in 2007, taking his best figures of 4/12 on debut. He has played 7 ODIs to date, the most recent being against England at Lord’s in 2008.
Ingram made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2010 and has played 12 matches to date at an average of 41.55 including two centuries. His most recent appearance was against Ireland at the 2011 World Cup.
South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in East London at the weekend to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
South Africa squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterso, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe