South Africa unveil squad for ODI series with New Zealand
South Africa have named four uncapped players in the squad for their ODI series with New Zealand.
Last Updated: 06/01/13 2:12pm
Jacques Kallis will sit out the three-match series as the selectors give him a breather.
Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien and Rory Kleinveldt are the new faces in the squad.
"We only have the three ODI matches against New Zealand plus another five against Pakistan to prepare our squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in the middle of the year," chief selector Andrew Hudson said.
"The Champions Trophy also marks the halfway point to the next ICC World Cup so this is a critical part of our preparation to win these two major ICC events.
"We have done well in our ODI series over the past year with victories over Sri Lanka and New Zealand and a drawn series in England, so we have every confidence that this squad is on the right track.
"JP Duminy should also be fit by the time of the Champions Trophy to give us another selection option. The four newcomers have all been doing well, either in domestic cricket or by representing the Proteas in other formats."
Former Kent star Ryan McLaren has been added to the squad for the second Test with the Kiwis as cover for Vernon Philander who is struggling to be fit for Port Elizabeth because of a hamstring injury.
ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.