Australia in South Africa 2011-12 October 5, 2011

South Africa call up Ryan McLaren for T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Ryan McLaren has replaced Albie Morkel in South Africa's squad for the two Twenty20 internationals against Australia on October 13 and 16. Morkel is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after suffering an abdominal muscle tear while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League Twenty20.

"Although it is a blow to lose Albie Morkel, Ryan McLaren has always done well for us in this format," Andrew Hudson, the convener of selectors, said. "He is one of the few bowlers to take five wickets in a T20 international. In addition he comes into the series in good form, having made a big century for the Knights at the weekend."

Mark Boucher also suffered an injury, to his hamstring, while playing for Warriors in the Champions League T20. He missed the final group game and is expected to recover in eight to 10 days, in time for the ODI series against Australia which begins on October 19.

Legspinner Imran Tahir, who is also in the ODI squad, had a mild groin strain and was withdrawn from the Dolphins squad for this weekend's SuperSport Series match as a precautionary measure. His availability for the ODI series was not in doubt.

South Africa have already lost AB de Villiers, their Twenty20 and ODI captain, for the limited-overs matches against Australia. de Villiers broke his finger during a training session with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Champions League Twenty20.