Batsman Dean Elgar has been added to the Proteas ODI squad to take on Zimbabwe in the three-match series starting in Kimberley on Sunday.
Elgar replaces Hashim Amla, who has been ruled out of the series due to a finger injury.
Commenting on Amla’s injury, team manager, Mohammed Moosajee said: “Hashim sustained a tear to the tendon in his left fifth digit while fielding during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.
“The injury will need up to three weeks to heal making him unavailable for the series against Zimbabwe.
National selector Linda Zondi said of Elgar’s inclusion: “We have said that the Zimbabwe series is an opportunity to further explore our ODI options and the unfortunate injury to Hashim gives us an opportunity to see what Dean is capable of in the limited-overs format.”
The Proteas medical team has also decided to withdraw captain Faf du Plessis from the squad as he still needs more time to recover from the shoulder injury that sustained in Sri Lanka.
JP Duminy has been chosen to lead the ODI side with Moosajee hopeful that Du Plessis will return for the T20I series against Zimbabwe that starts on 9 October.
Moosajee explained: “The CSA medical committee has also withdrawn Faf from the ODI series. He has not made a satisfactory recovery from his shoulder injury and has been given more time to make a complete recovery.
“We are hopeful he will be fit enough to return to lead the T20 side for the three-match series against Zimbabwe.”
Spinner Keshav Maharaj has been released from the ODI squad and will play for the Dolphins in their first round four-day competition fixture against the Titans starting on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old is bidding for a Test debut against England.
The West Indies all-rounder could only make five in their second intra-squad match.
The star all-rounder will take charge for the opening Test against the West Indies.
Holder was dismissed for only five off 13 balls.
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.
No play was possible on the second morning of the intra-squad match.
Ben Stokes thinks his experience under the captaincy of Alastair Cook and Joe Root will help him succeed in the role himself.
Players had initially been held back.