Australia in South Africa 2013-14 February 3, 2014

Quinton de Kock in SA Composite squad

South Africa's limited-overs wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been named in the South Africa Composite XI to play the Test squad in a three-day practice match. The fixture, scheduled after Zimbabwe turned down an offer to play a one-off Test at the Wanderers this week because of their player strike, will be used as a warm-up for Graeme Smith's men ahead of their three Test series against Australia.

De Kock was the most eye-catching name in the list of players that will compete with and against South Africa's Test players. Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks and offspinner Simon Harmer, who are training with the Test squad ahead of the first match, are also involved in the match.

Graeme Smith said South Africa will probably not play their likely Test XI in one team against the reserves and the seven additional players below, and the teams will be more of a mix and match. The major selection discussion ahead of the series against Australia is which of Ryan McLaren or Wayne Parnell fills the allrounder's spot and the two allrounders could be pitted against each other in this match.

South Africa remain hopeful of getting on the park, despite days of rain which forced the cancellation of Australia's tour match in Potchefstroom. The Wanderers pitch is in good condition and ready for the game but the outfield remains a concern. Barring no more rain, it should be dry in time for the start but should overnight showers make an appearance, there is a strong chance play will be called off.

Additional players: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan van Zyl

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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