SA pick Ontong, Morne for Windies one-dayers

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Durban: South Africa have drafted in batsman Justin Ontong and fast bowler Morne Morkel to their squad for the one-day series against West Indies.

Ontong played the last of his 21 one-day internationals against India in Bangalore in 2005, while Morkel has regained his fitness after being sent home from South Africa's tour to Pak in October with a foot injury.

The squad will be reviewed after the first two of five one-day internationals.

A Cricket South Africa statement quoted chief selector Joubert Strydom as saying Ontong would replace Herschelle Gibbs in the first match of the series in Centurion on Sunday.

"Herschelle Gibbs is not available for Sunday for personal reasons," Strydom said. "Justin Ontong will take his place for this game and AB de Villiers will stand in as opening batsman."

The same squad will be involved in a Twenty20 match against West Indies in Joburg on Friday.

South Africa won the Test series 2-1.

Squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Mark Boucher (wk), Shaun Pollock, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt.


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