x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla to sit out rest of ODI series

Proteas make changes to squad for rest of one-day series with Sri Lanka.

Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have been omitted from South Africa's one-day international (ODI) squad for the remainder of the series against Sri Lanka, Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced.

All-rounder Kallis, 36, has been rested while Amla, the top-ranked batsman in ODIs, has been granted time off as his wife is expecting the couple's first child.

The other change to the original 14-man squad sees all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt ruled out through injury.

Batsmen Alviro Petersen and Colin Ingram and all-rounder Vernon Philander were named as the replacements.

Philander, who played the last of his seven ODI's in 2008, earns a place in the squad on the back of an impressive introduction to Test cricket after capturing 30 wickets in his first four Tests.

"Both Petersen and Philander showed excellent form in the recent test series against Sri Lanka and they have also represented the Proteas in the ODI format before so I don't anticipate their having any problems adapting to 50 overs cricket," Andrew Hudson, the CSA selection convener, said.

"Although we are sad to lose players such as Amla and Kallis I see this as an opportunity to try out our options. There are still places up for grabs in our ODI squad and I must say I am excited to see the talent coming through our development pipeline."

South Africa lead the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-0 with the third match scheduled for Tuesday in Bloemfontein. The series concludes in Johannesburg on January 22.

South Africa squad - Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.