Rassie van der Dussen earns maiden ODI call-up to South Africa squad

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PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19

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Amla returns after having missed the series against Australia due to a finger injury.

Amla returns after having missed the series against Australia due to a finger injury. © Getty

Highveld Lions batsman Rassie van der Dussen has earned a maiden call-up to the 14-man South Africa squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan. Fast bowler Dane Paterson and veteran batsman Hashim Amla make a return to the ODI set-up, while JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi miss out to injuries.

Van der Dussen is a top-order batsman for the Lions and averages more than 40 in first-class and List A cricket. He scored a half-century on his T20I debut against Zimbabwe last year. He was also picked for the inaugural Global T20 league in Canada by the Vancouver Knights and ended up as the team’s highest run-getter (255 runs).

Paterson makes a comeback to international fold after having last played for South Africa in his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017. He was recently named as Vernon Philander’s replacement for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan. Amla, on the other hand, returns after having missed the series against Australia due to a finger injury.

“We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year’s World Cup,” said CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi on Thursday (January 10). “Rassie and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.

“We are very happy with the way in which our Vision 2019 is taking shape. The series against Pakistan could not have come at a better time as they will provide a very stern test for the Proteas under conditions very similar to what we will experience at the World Cup.”

Zondi stressed that the purpose of selecting the squad for the first two ODIs was to keep options open in the lead-up to the World Cup. He said that the door wasn’t shut on some of the players whose names are missing and that they will get their chances later in the series.

“Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches – Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris – are by no means out of the picture and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series.

South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen

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