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March 30, 2009
Allrounder Roelof van der Merwe's impressive international debut in the Twenty20 against Australia at Centurion on Sunday has earned him a place in the one-day squad for the first two matches. van der Merwe top scored with 48 and took the wicket of David Hussey with his left-arm spin to set up the team's 17-run win and bag the Man-of-the-Match award.
Chief selector Mike Procter said van der Merwe will be a welcome addition to the squad for the injured Jacques Kallis.
"Roelof as an allrounder provides us with cover for Jacques Kallis who is recovering from a groin injury," Procter said. "Jacques' fitness will be assessed by our medical team when the squad assembles in Durban today."
South Africa experimented with their line-up for Sunday's match, resting Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla among others to try out their Twenty20 stars and Procter was excited by the young talent.
"Roelof, Yusuf Abdulla and Robin Peterson have all performed outstandingly from the opportunities they have been given which is extremely encouraging. It enables us to broaden the base of our playing talent and gives us some exciting options when we select the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in England in June," Procter said.
"Although he is not part of the ODI squad, Yusuf Abdulla will practise with the Proteas this week to give him another opportunity to work within the national team environment."
The first two ODIs are at Kingsmead and Centurion on Friday and Sunday.
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