Paul Adams, (134 wickets in 45 Tests), who made his last appearance for Proteas some two-and-a-half years back, will have to fight it out with Boje for spinners slot
India's batsmen negotiated Adams with utmost ease in a tour game at Potchefstroom. He was wicketless in nine overs and was smashed for 54 runs.
There are no other surprises in the 15-man squad, which the selectors expect to keep for all three Tests.
"Paul is capable as a strike bowler and, in the absence of obvious alternatives, we want to give ourselves the opportunity of looking at him in building our Test squad. chief selector Haroon Lorgat said on Adams' selection.
"It will be up to Paul to show us that he can still do the job."
There are fitness concerns about seamers Andre Nel and Dale Steyn and all-rounder Andrew Hall, but all three are expected to be fit in time.
"Andrew Hall's injury that he sustained in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth, has forced the medical staff to rest him until the end of the week when an assessment on his right knee and squad will be made," said physio Shane Jabaar.
"Dale Steyn is making good progress with the left thigh strain injury he sustained. He is in the final stages of rehabilitation and should be OK to bowl this weekend," Jabaar added.
Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Kallis, Paul Adams, Hashim Amla, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph and Dale Steyn.