Rory Kleinveldt named in South Africa's Test squad for tour of Australia
Cape Cobras all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt has been included in South Africa's 15-man squad for the Tests in Australia.
Last Updated: 10/10/12 5:31pm
Kleinveldt, 29, has played two Twenty20 internationals for his country but is uncapped in the longer format.
He has taken 208 first-class wickets at an average of 28.57 with his seam bowling and comes into the squad at the expense of left-armer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who toured England earlier in the year but did not play a Test.
"We have given a fully deserved vote of confidence to our Test XI that did so well on the recent tour of England and we have just tweaked our reserve strength slightly to suit expected conditions and the tactical situation," Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a statement.
"It is tough luck for Lopsy (Tsotsobe) to miss out but we just feel that Rory's ability to hit the deck hard will give us a valuable option, particularly at Brisbane and Perth. He also adds batting depth to the lower order."
Wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile has also been included as back up to AB de Villiers, who is dealing with ankle and back injuries that forced him to withdraw from the Champions League Twenty20.
"Thami Tsolekile will again be our back-up wicketkeeper and provide cover for AB in the event of injury or if the tour selectors decide to lighten his workload," added Hudson.
South Africa, the top-ranked Test side in the world, are scheduled to play three Tests in Australia at Brisbane (Nov 9-13), Adelaide (Nov 22-26) and Perth (Nov 30-Dec 4).
South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wkt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile (wkt)