South Africa has announced a 14-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.
Chevrolet Knights batsman Dean Elgar and Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras seamer Rory Kleinveldt have been included in South Africa’s squad.
Elgar has not played for South Africa in any format but Kleinveldt has previously played two T20 International, the latest one during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
“We have chosen a squad of 14 for the first two games only,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.
“Those members of the squad who are not involved in the final Test match in the Sunfoil Series at Sahara Park Newlands next week will be released to play for their franchises before the squad assembles on January 9.
“There have been a number of batsmen showing good form in domestic cricket, and Elgar fully deserves his opportunity,” Hudson added. “He was the leading run-scorer in the One-Day Cup (567 runs) and also had the best average (81). In addition he gives us very useful bowling options as a left-arm spinner.
“Kleinveldt played an important role with the ball in helping the Cobras to win the One-Day Cup and he also has a lot of potential as a lower order power hitter.”
The squad includes three changes from the one that faced Australia at home recently. AB de Villiers returns from injury in place of Mark Boucher, Elgar replaces David Miller while Imran Tahir makes room for Kleinveldt.
“We feel we won’t need three frontline spinners in South African conditions, so it makes sense to change the bowling balance of the squad slightly,” Hudson said.
De Villiers will lead South Africa for the first time since being named ODI captain.
The first match starts on January 11 at Boland Park, Paarl.
South Africa ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt & wk), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, JP Duminy , Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.