Injury forces Parnell out of South Africa A squad
South Africa allrounder Wayne Parnell has been withdrawn from the South Africa A side that will tour Sri Lanka in August as he is yet to recover from a groin injury. Parnell was expected to be fit for the tour but the injury, suffered while warming up for an IPL match in March, is taking longer than expected to heal, and has already caused him to miss the ICC World Twenty20 and South Africa's tour of the West Indies.
According to a statement from Cricket South Africa, Parnell could need surgery to fix the problem, which would keep him out of the Chevrolet Warriors' Champions' League campaign as well. His return would then be postponed to South Africa's tour of Pakistan in late October.
Ethy Mbhalati, who missed the A tour of Bangladesh through injury, has also not recovered in time to make the tour.
Francois Plaatjies, who was named in the South Africa Emerging Squad to tour Australia, will replace Parnell while Rory Kleinveldt, who was originally selected only for the limited overs matches, has been added to team for the four-day matches.
Plaatjies tok 19 wickets in five matches at an average of 22.10 and a strike rate of 35.57 during the SuperSport Series, He also took 16 wickets at an average of 23.25 in the MTN40 tournament.
Four-day squad: Thami Tsolekile (capt), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Quinton Friend, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Vernon Philander, Francois Plaatjies, Rilee Rossouw, Rusty Theron, Thandi Tshabalala, Jonathan Vandiar, Stiaan van Zyl.
One-day squad: Thami Tsolekile (capt), Ryan Bailey, Dean Elgar, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Francois Plaatjies, Rilee Rossouw, Rusty Theron, Thandi Tshabalala, Jonathan Vandiar, Morne van Wyk, Stiaan van Zyl.