South Africa news September 21, 2010

Colin Ingram gets maiden limited-overs call-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

Colin Ingram has been called up to South Africa's side for the two limited-overs series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan, while fast bowler Wayne Parnell has been named in all three squads after recovering from injury. Wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn has taken the injured AB de Villiers' place for the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe.

Allrounder Jacques Kallis and fast bowler Dale Steyn have both been rested for the two Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Kallis recently picked up a neck injury and withdrew from the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 on the advice of Cricket South Africa's medical team.

"They are two key players for the ICC World Cup next year and we need to manage them carefully," selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "The next ICC World Twenty20 is 18 months away and this also provides us the opportunity to look at several younger players."

Hudson said Ingram, currently playing for the Warriors in the Champions League, deserves his chance at international level after playing "outstanding cricket in both MTN40 and Standard Bank Pro20 domestic competitions."

Ingram topped the 2009/10 MTN40 scoring chart with 600 runs at an average of 60, with one century and five half-centuries, and a strike-rate of 103.62. He followed that up by topping the 2010 Pro20 scoring chart as well, making 283 runs at 47.16 and a strike-rate of 144.38. The Warriors won both tournaments.

Fast bowler Rusty Theron and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson both found places in the Twenty20 squads but not the ODI teams. Theron was part South Africa side that played in the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies, but did not get a game.

"We only have a relatively small number of ODIs before the World Cup and it is our intention to go in with our strongest combination in all these matches," Hudson said.

Parnell has been cleared to begin playing again next month after needing surgery to fix an injury he suffered while warming up for an IPL match in March. Ryan McLaren misses out on a place in the Test team as a result. De Villiers meanwhile should be fit in time for the ODI series against Zimbabwe, which begins on October 15.

Test squad (to play Pakistan): Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

ODI squad (to play Zimbabwe and Pakistan): Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Twenty20 squad (to play Zimbabwe): Johan Botha (capt), Loots Bosman, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Heino Kuhn (wk), David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Twenty20 squad (to play Pakistan): Johan Botha (capt), Loots Bosman, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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