South Africa have opted for Hashim Amla over Reeza Hendricks in their 15-man Cricket World Cup squad.

Veteran Amla represents the more experienced option and, in the only real call for the selectors to make, he has been preferred to Hendricks.

The rest of the squad was as expected, with Faf du Plessis set to lead the Proteas in England and Wales.

"We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup," said selector Linda Zondi.

"The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest.

"The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us."

Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje missed the Indian Premier League with injuries, but both have recovered in time to be included in the final group.

Meanwhile, JP Duminy has suitably recovered from shoulder surgery to take his place in the squad.

 

South Africa squad in full: Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Hashim Amla will miss the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds due to his father falling ill.

Amla had been called up on Monday as the Proteas sought to rotate him with Reeza Hendricks, who dropped out of the squad for the final two matches.

But Hendricks has now returned to the group due to Amla's absence, with South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee sending the departing star's family his best wishes.

"Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.

"The selectors have decided to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad. It was always the intention of the selectors to rotate Hashim and Reeza during this Sri Lanka ODI series."

South Africa have won the first three matches of the five-match series, having previously lost both Tests to Sri Lanka in spectacular fashion.

Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the South Africa squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at Kingsmead on Sunday and the experienced trio will return for the remaining rubbers in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Markram has forced his way back in with his impressive form, including back-to-back centuries, helping the Titans to the top of the One-Day Cup table.

Former captain Amla was rested for the first three matches and will hope to impress in South Africa's final series before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Duminy also returns to the fold having made his comeback from over three months out due to shoulder surgery with the Cape Cobras.

"Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup. It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long," said selection convener Linda Zondi.

"What has also been highly encouraging is to see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

"JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

"We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned."

Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder will sit out the final two games, with the squad growing to incorporate 15 players.

South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa have recalled fit-again fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for the first three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, but there is no place in their squad for Hashim Amla. 

Seamer Ngidi has not featured for his country since November due to a knee injury but he has taken six wickets in two games for the Titans in the Momentum Cup since returning to fitness. 

The 14-man Proteas squad also includes Anrich Nortje, the 25-year-old bowler earning a maiden call-up. 

Amla has been left out, though reports suggest he has not been dropped and that South Africa could instead by exploring options ahead of this year's Cricket World Cup in England. 

The right-handed batsman scored am unbeaten century in the first match of the ODI series with Pakistan last month but then made more than 25 just once in the next four innings. 

"It is great to have Lungi back in the squad after a lengthy period on the sidelines caused by the injury he suffered in the white-ball series in Australia last year," said South Africa's convener of selectors Linda Zondi.

"His recent form for the Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup has been most impressive and he is clearly match-fit for international cricket again."

South Africa face Sri Lanka in five ODIs hoping to exact a measure of revenge after losing 2-0 in the Test series.

JP Duminy, who has been troubled by a shoulder injury, has not been included for the first three matches but Zondi is hopeful he can return for the final two.


South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

Mohammad Hafeez guided Pakistan to a nervy five-wicket win over South Africa in Saturday's opening one-dayer in Port Elizabeth. 

Uncapped batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been named in the South Africa squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan.

The 29-year-old played in two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe last year and could get his chance in the 50-over format after he was among the 14 men included for the matches in Port Elizabeth and Durban this month.

Paceman Dane Paterson has been recalled and Hashim Amla returns after recovering from a finger injury that ruled him out of the series in Australia.

JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi miss out due to shoulder and knee injuries respectively. 

Cricket South Africa national selection panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year's World Cup and Rassie and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.

"Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches - Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris - are by no means out of the picture and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series."

 

South Africa squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss the third and final Test against Pakistan through suspension following an over-rate offence.

The Proteas clinched the series with victory in the second Test at Newlands on Sunday, but Du Plessis will now be missing for next week's dead rubber.

The skipper has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the ICC after South Africa maintained a slow over-rate during their nine-wicket victory in Cape Town.

The rest of the team have also been fined 10 per cent of their own fees, while Du Plessis has been suspended as this is his second such offence, having also been sanctioned in a Test against India last year.

It remains to be seen how the Proteas' batting order will shape up at the Wanderers, with Aiden Markram struggling with a thigh injury on Sunday and Hashim Amla retiring hurt in South Africa's second innings after taking a blow to his bicep.

Amla has served as South Africa's Test captain previously, before the now-retired AB de Villiers and then Du Plessis took on the role.

South Africa required fewer than 10 overs on day four to clinch the second Test by nine wickets and secure the series against Pakistan.

The Proteas had run out of time for a 41-run chase at Newlands on Saturday, but victory was straightforward the following morning, an attempted fightback from the toiling tourists having been halted as they were bowled out for 294 on the third day.

Dean Elgar did the heavy lifting with an unbeaten 24 runs after opening partner Theunis de Bruyn (4) threw away an early wicket, Faf du Plessis (3 not out) finishing at the crease as Hashim Amla (2 no) suffered a knock.

Du Plessis' men now take the series to Johannesburg, where they will target a thoroughly deserved whitewash against an out-of-sorts Pakistan.

South Africa made a slow start in front of a sparse crowd and De Bruyn was soon heading back to the pavilion after a wild swipe at a Mohammad Abbas delivery saw the ball gloved behind.

And even as the Proteas cruised towards their modest target, there was a further setback with Amla taking a hefty whack to his right arm that cut short his innings.

There would be no real drama, though, and Elgar's fourth boundary of the morning moved South Africa to 43-1 to bring a swift end to proceedings.

Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar each made the most of an early reprieve to record half-centuries and earn South Africa a six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test on Friday.

The Proteas began the third day in Centurion chasing 149 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, after Duanne Olivier's 5-59 had helped bowl the tourists out for 190 at stumps on Thursday.

It looked as though the crowd at SuperSport Park could be in for a thrilling conclusion when Aiden Markram's poor run of form continued with a second-ball duck but Pakistan were made to rue two crucial moments going the way of the home side.

Amla, on eight at the time, was dropped at slip by Fakhar Zaman after slashing at Hasan Ali, and in the next over Elgar - on four - edged Shaheen Afridi low to Azhar Ali in the cordon, only for the on-field soft signal of out to be overturned by the television umpire.

Replays suggested the ball touched the grass and Azhar's fingers simultaneously and Elgar capitalised on his second chance, going on to make 50 while his partner was 63 not out - a welcome return to form for Amla after 10 innings without a fifty.

Amla proved the rock of a chase that began in nervy fashion as Markram departed lbw to Hasan before a run was on the board.

Indeed, it took until the 34th delivery before the first runs were scored off the bat as Amla struck back-to-back leg-side boundaries off Hasan to relieve some of the pressure.

His and Elgar's moments of fortune arrived soon afterwards, and Pakistan further damaged their own cause by wasting reviews in attempting to overturn a pair of lbw decisions either side of lunch - Mohammad Amir the bowler on each occasion.

Amla's first half-century since early March arrived from 88 balls as he guided Shaheen to the point fence and Elgar followed suit with a glorious drive off Shan Masood as South Africa moved to within 30 of victory.

Elgar edged behind next ball and both Theunis de Bruyn and Faf du Plessis fell with the target in touching distance.

De Bruyn was stumped after coming down the track to Yasir Shah and missing an attempted legside heave while South Africa's captain Du Plessis went for a pair, just as his Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed had.

Yet Amla stuck around and the second of Temba Bavuma's two fours sealed the victory inside 51 overs.

Ottis Gibson has no concerns over South Africa's top order ahead of the Test series against Pakistan after the likes of Hashim Amla endured a torrid time in Sri Lanka.

Amla, Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram failed in a 2-0 Test series whitewash against Sri Lanka in July.

Proteas head coach Gibson is confident the trio can put that behind them in a three-match series against Mickey Arthur's side, which gets under way on December 26.

There is no concern with regards to them," said Gibson. "What happened in Sri Lanka has no relevance here even though Pakistan may choose spinners. Here in South Africa‚ wickets don't spin as much as they do in Sri Lanka.

"Aiden scored 1,000 runs last year and he is back in familiar home conditions. With regards to Dean‚ he is an absolute street fighter. He is always close to hitting a double-hundred and that is fantastic." said Gibson.

"Coming to Hash [Amla]‚ he has been carrying niggles that have not allowed him to do the things that he wanted to do.

"For him, it is to get back to the nets and work on the things that he needs to work on‚ but he is an experienced player for us.

"He has had dips in form but he knows what he needs to do. I have spoken to him since I arrived in the country on Wednesday night and he will be desperate to get back into action. I have no concerns about them."

Pakistan head coach Arthur feels his batsmen can be more effective outside of the United Arab Emirates as they attempt to show a positive response to a series loss to New Zealand.

"I'll make a statement now, that our young batting group now bat better outside the UAE than they do in the UAE." said the former South Africa head coach.

"There's some very talented young batsmen there. They don't stand on leg stump anymore. Our batsmen get to off stump, they cover the bounce, they cover the pace and they cover the swing.

"And they play very well in these conditions."

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