South African speedster Rusty Theron has been included in the squad for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE following some good performances.
The 25-year-old was initially chosen as only part of the team for Twenty20 international series against Pakistan, but selectors have decided to beef up their options after he obtained an impressive 4 for 27 in the second match at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This news carries on the promising start on Theron's international career after he took 11 scalps in his first three ODIs against Zimbabwe a few weeks ago.
Speaking to reporters, selection committee member Andrew Hudson said, "With the injuries suffered by Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis we feel it is prudent to have adequate cover in the fast bowling department. Rusty's form also deserves to be rewarded."
Theron, a genuine newcomer in the international circuit, has only played three one-day matches thus far. He has taken 11 wickets in all with an average of 11.27 and an economy rate of 5.09.
Kallis and Steyn were benchwarmers during both the Twenty20 matches against Pakistan. It is improbably that Steyn will be fit for the opening one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, but the Proteas are hopeful about being able to include Kallis who has stricken with a back problem. "We are going to have to make some difficult choices when everybody is fit and available and it is a nice problem to have," Hudson added.