Proteas include Rossouw, Shezi for Zimbabwe series

2014-08-05 11:34

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Rilee Rossouw has been called up to the Proteas squad, replacing retired Jacques Kallis for their three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Zimbabwe next month.

“Rilee is coming off a very impressive South Africa ‘A’ series in Australia in which he scored 337 runs at an average of 48, with a strike rate of 96,” Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said today.

“He has also been a consistent performer in franchise cricket for some time and his selection is well deserved.

“The message is clear to all our players. If you perform at domestic level and then take it through to South Africa ‘A’ level, you will be rewarded.”

Meanwhile, Mthokozisi Shezi has also been called up as replacement for Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, who have all been rested for the Zimbabwe series.

However, Hudson added that the trio of first-choice bowlers will return for a triangular series, which includes Australia, following the tour of Zimbabwe.

“Their replacements are Marchant de Lange, Kyle Abbott and Mthokozisi Shezi,” Hudson said.

De Lange and Shezi were the two leading bowlers for South Africa ‘A’ in Australia.

De Lange makes his return for the Proteas after a host of injuries kept the youngster sidelined, but Shezi is a new cap.

Abbott was part of the Proteas’ Test squad for the recent series in Sri Lanka.

Hudson added that the squad for the triangular series would only be finalised at the end of the Zimbabwe series.

Kagiso Rabada, another member of the South Africa ‘A’ squad, will travel with the ODI squad for the triangular series.

“We want him to experience and learn from the environment around the Proteas,” Hudson said.

Proteas squad for Zimbabwe Series: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw and Mthokozisi Shezi.

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