Parnell heads uncapped quartet
South Africa have included four uncapped players in their 15-man squad for the first Test against England at Centurion - with injured all-rounder Jacques Kallis named despite doubts over his fitness.
Young fast bowler Wayne Parnell and all-rounder Ryan McLaren, team-mates at Kent last season, in-form batsman Alviro Petersen and paceman Friedel de Wet are the quartet involved for the series opener at SuperSport Park, which begins on December 16.
“We have chosen an enlarged squad to cover all our options,” said Cricket South Africa convener of selectors Mike Procter.
“Jacques Kallis is obviously a very big number in our Test side and providing cover for him requires more than one player.
“Alviro Petersen deserves his call-up both for the impressive way he has returned to international cricket and the weight of runs he has made in domestic cricket. He is able to cover all of the top six batting positions.
“Ryan McLaren provides us with an all-rounder if we want to go down that route and we want both Wayne Parnell and Friedel de Wet to work in the national squad set-up.”
Kallis’ fractured rib ruled him out of the one-day series and if he makes the start of the series at SuperSport Park it will be, in all likelihood, as a specialist batsman.
Captain Graeme Smith returns after missing the Proteas’ previous Test, against Australia in Cape Town earlier this year, while Makhaya Ntini is set for his 100th Test appearance.
The other changes from that win in Newlands sees Morne Morkel replace brother Albie, and opening batsman Imraan Khan omitted.
South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher (wkt), AB de Villiers, Friedel de Wet, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn.