All-rounder Kallis rested for England ODI series

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Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 14:43 [IST]
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Kallis rested for England ODI series

Johannesburg, Jul 26: South Africa have rested Jacques Kallis for the One Day International series against England starting next month. Uncapped all-rounder Dean Elgar has been named in place of the veteran.

Kallis has been omitted keeping in mind the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka in September, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said.

South Africa have recalled Ryan McLaren and Imran Tahir for the five-match ODI series. The first ODI starts on August 24.

"Dean (Elgar) has been in our plans for some time," said CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson, "and might well have made his debut last year but for injury."

"Imran is a genuine wicket-taking bowler and his selection enables us to explore our options in this area.

"Ryan (McLaren) has just come off some exceptional form for the South Africa A side and the added depth he provides in the seam bowling department will allow us to rotate players if we feel the need arises."

South Africa will named their 15-man squad for World T20 in mid-August, CSA said.

South Africa are currently leading 1-0 in their three-Test series against England. They won the first Test at The Oval by an innings and 12 runs. The second Test starts on August 2.

South Africa squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla (vice-captain), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.


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