Cricket South Africa on Tuesday named three new caps in Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo for the upcoming Momentum ODIs to be played against Ireland and Australia.
Bavuma and Pretorius are only in line to play against Ireland, while Phehlukwayo has been named in both squads.
“Morne Morkel and Rilee Rossouw were not considered for selection as they continue to recover from injury and a lack of match fitness respectively, while AB de Villiers is on track to return from the injury that kept him out of the Sunfoil test Series against New Zealand,” commented CSA Selection Committee Convener, Linda Zondi.
Morkel and Rossouw will be replaced by Dale Steyn and David Miller with respect to the squad that did duty in the last ODI Series in the Caribbean against the West Indies and Australia.
“Andile was our leading wicket-taker for South Africa A in the recently concluded quadrangular series in Australia,” continued Zondi, “and he has been knocking on the door for some time following his strong performances in last season’s Momentum One-Day Cup.
“Both he and Dwaine have shown excellent form recently and the same applies to David Miller, who topped the batting averages in Australia for the South Africa A squad with the outstanding figures of 332 runs at an average of 110, with a strike rate of 93.
“It remains our practice to reward players who do well at franchise and South Africa A level.
“As far as Temba Bavuma is concerned, we want to see what he can do in the ODI format after the extremely successful run he has had in the test squad, where he has averaged 66 during the current calendar year.
“Rilee Rossouw played two practice matches for the VKB Knights at the weekend when he batted freely but still had issues with his throwing, and it will be beneficial for him to start his comeback in the Sunfoil Series four-day competition which starts early next month,” concluded Zondi.
SQUAD TO PLAY IRELAND: AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Sunfoil Dollphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions).
SQUAD TO PLAY AUSTRALIA: AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Sunfoil Dollphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras).