Rossouw, Shezi in Proteas ODI squad

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The uncapped Rilee Rossouw and Mthokozisi Shezi have been named in South Africa's squad for this month's three-ODI series against Zimbabwe.

The uncapped Rilee Rossouw and Mthokozisi Shezi have been named in South Africa's squad for this month's three-ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Fast bowlers Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel have been rested, while the fit-again Marchant de Lange has been recalled.

The talented Kagiso Rabada, who played a leading role in South Africa's triumph in the Under-19 World Cup, has been selected as a non-playing member of the squad.

Batsman Farhaan Behardien was excluded, while left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe was not considered due to injury. The veteran Jacques Kallis, too, is absent after retiring from all forms of international cricket recently.

The left-handed Roussouw enjoyed a fine stretch of form during the A side's key fixtures against Australia A recently, including two half-tons and a fine century in Darwin. The 26-year-old Shezi, meanwhile, secured List A career-best figures of six for 42 last month.

"Rilee is coming off a very impressive South Africa A series in Australia in which he scored 337 runs at an average of 48 with a strike rate of 96," said Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"He has also been a consistent performer in franchise cricket for some time and his selection is well deserved. The message is clear to all our players – if you perform at domestic level and then take it through to SA A level, you will be rewarded.

"We have decided to rest Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander for the series against Zimbabwe, although they will return for the triangular series that follows. Their replacements are Marchant de Lange, Kyle Abbott and Mthokozisi. "We want Kagiso to experience and learn from the environment around the Proteas."

The trio of ODIs will be played at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on 17, 19 and 21 August. A limited-overs tri-series, which will also feature Australia, will follow.

<b>Squad:</b> AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi.

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