Morne van Wyk has been recalled to the Proteas limited overs squads in place of Quinton de Kock for the ODI and T20 series against New Zealand this month and David Wiese is in line to win his first ODI cap.
JP Duminy and Morne Morkel have been given paternity leave of absence for the ODI Series, as AB de Villiers was on the Bangladesh tour. They will, however, both play in the T20 International Series.
Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander also return to ODI duty after missing the series in Bangladesh. Imran Tahir will play the ODI Series against New Zealand but not the T20 where a further opportunity is being given to Eddie Leie, who had an outstanding debut against Bangladesh.
In announcing his first squads as new convener of selectors, Linda Zondi said: ‘Morne van Wyk adds experience to our squads and he will also strengthen our leadership core, having been a successful franchise captain for many years now.’
Asked about Van Wyk’s age (he is 36), coach Russell Domingo said: ‘Brad Hogg played for Australia at 41; we think Morne is a good option for us, but yes, he might be a short term option.’
De Kock has been struggling for form since the World Cup and will join the South African A side on their tour to India.
‘Quinton de Kock remains an outstanding talent but we feel that the South Africa A tour of India presents the best opportunity at this stage of his career for him to rediscover his form,’ said Zondi.
‘Maybe some time away from the team will do him some good, get that hunger back,’ added Domingo. ‘A player doesn’t stop being a quality player because of an injury. We will keep working with him to get him in top form.’
The coach denied that the team relies to heavily on the likes of Amla and De Villiers. ‘I don’t think so, I think we had a couple of bad innings [in Bangladesh].
‘There’s a fine line between resting a player too long & over-bowling them. When an opportunity comes to rest our fast bowlers, we will,’ Domingo said.
On David Wiese’s inclusion in the ODI squad, Zondi said: ‘David Wiese has been knocking on the door of the ODI squad for some time and this series provides another opportunity to see what he can offer as an all-rounder.’
Proteas ODI squad: AB de Villiers (Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Hashim Amla (Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), David Miller (Dolphins), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Dale Steyn (Cobras), Morne van Wyk (Dolphins), David Wiese (Titans)
Proteas T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Kyle Abbott (olphins), Hashim Amla (Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cobras), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Morne van Wyk (olphins), David Wiese (Titans)
NZ Tour Itinerary:
Aug 14: 1st T20I (D/N), Durban,
Aug 16: 2nd T20I (Day), Centurion
Aug 19: 1st ODI (D/N), Centurion
Aug 23: 2nd ODI (Day), Potchefstroom
Aug 26: 3rd ODI (D/N), Durban