Johannesburg:The Cricket South Africa on Thursday has left out all-rounder Jacques Kallis and named two new players in the 14-member squad for the five-match ODI series against India, starting January 12.
Kallis was not considered because of injury he sustained during the third Test against India in Cape Town.
"The absence of Jacques Kallis leaves a big gap in the side but at the same time it must be seen as an opportunity for somebody else," commented selection convener Andrew Hudson.
The two newcomers are Francois (Faf) du Plessis from the Nashua Titans and Mohammed Imran Tahir from the Nashua Dolphins.
The 26-year-old Du Plessis had a huge impact on the Titans' MTN40 campaign this season making 567 runs including 3 centuries. He had an average of 81 and a strike rate of 98. His aggregate was more than 100 runs better than the next best in the competition.
In addition to his core batting skills he is a highly-rated fielder and a part-time leg-break bowler.
Together with AB de Villiers and JP Duminy he filled the key positions of 3, 4 and 5 in the South African under-19 side that went unbeaten through England in 2003. He also gained county championship experience with Lancashire for several seasons.
"Faf du Plessis has grabbed his opportunity this season as Colin Ingram did the previous season. Both he and Tahir had outstanding campaigns in the MTN40 and we are looking forward to see how they take their games up to the next level," Hudson said.
Tahir, a 31-year-old leg-spinner, who was born in Pakistan, recently completed his eligibility qualifications for South Africa. He took 15 wickets in the MTN40 competition at an average of 17 and also picked up a five-wicket haul in the final of England's equivalent competition for Warwickshire.
Proteas' ODI squad: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.