South Africa have named uncapped batsman Rassie van der Dussen in their 14-man squad for the first two contests of the five-match home one-day international series against Pakistan. Perhaps, they want to explore options ahead of the ICC World Cup later this year.

There is also a recall for World Sports Betting fast bowler Dane Paterson, who has not played for the Proteas in this format since his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017. Meanwhile, while Hashim Amla, who missed the most recent series in Australia towards the end of last year through injury, returns to the squad.

“We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year’s World Cup,” said CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi on Thursday (January 10). “Rassie and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.

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Hashim Amla returns. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches – Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris – are by no means out of the picture and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series. We are very happy with the way in which our Vision 2019 is taking shape,” he added.

The squad will then be revised for the remaining three matches. From now, every selection is like painting a picture of where the selectors are going with this year’s World Cup squad in mind.

All in all, it has been a decent squad announced by Cricket South Africa. It would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the Proteas players.

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Faf du Plessis (Credits – Getty)

Here is the squad:

Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen

FIXTURES

  • 1st Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N), January 19
  • 2nd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (D/N), January 22
  • 3rd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N), January 25
  • 4th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day), January 27
  • 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N), January 30