South Africa news January 29, 2016

Parnell out of South Africa A warm-up match


Hardus Viljoen is hoping to win a call up to South Africa's ODI squad © Getty Images

South Africa's selectors will name additional bowlers for the ODI squad to take on England on Sunday, with Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander unavailable, but Wayne Parnell will not be in contention after an injury forced him out of Saturday's tour match.

While Philander was not in the original group as he continues to recover from an ankle ligament tear sustained in warm-ups ahead of the Bangalore Test in November, Steyn was named but has since failed to regain fitness after a shoulder problem.

That leaves South Africa to pick an attack from Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris but with Morkel and Rabada certain to sit out some of the series, they will need to beef up their resources. Parnell could have won a recall but he has now been ruled out of South Africa A's fixture with England, which means Hardus Viljoen, David Wiese and Marchant de Lange are vying for a spot.

Viljoen made his Test debut at the Wanderers against England and hopes that a strong showing in the warm-up match in Kimberley will earn him an ODI cap.

"Making my Test debut for South Africa was a dream come true but I don't want to stop there," Viljoen said. "It's obviously a big change up from red-ball to white-ball cricket but the basics remain the same, a good ball is still a good ball. We are really motivated as a side to put up a good performance against England and hopefully everything else will take care of itself."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ZCF on February 1, 2016, 11:41 GMT

    @GARETH_BAIN I'm talking about List A record for SOUTH AFRICA A - against internationals and those nearing international selection, not the misleading Sooth Africa Domestic Record which includes a bunch of Provincial games against high school&junior club cricketers.

  • Richard on January 30, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    Looking at a broader view. What sort of nonsense is it when SA ( and it happens all the time) are already saying that some of their team will be rested during the series. It means 2 things... 1/ There is FAR too much completely irrelevent cricket being played. It must be irrelevent because if they are prepared to "rest" players it can't mean much!. What are they resting them for?.. relevent cricket? Who knows. 2/ Presumably fans want to watch the best players and teams, not second rate ones. Someone has to get a grip on this total overindulgence of international cricket. It cheapens the product and means just about nothing. In the long run it gets soooo tiresome.

  • Lee on January 30, 2016, 15:23 GMT

    England scored at well over 7 an over with Taylor making it difficult not to include him. Hard not to be impressed with that batting performance. Not going to be easy to chose 11 without dropping someone who deserves to play or without compromising the balance of the team

  • Gareth on January 30, 2016, 14:19 GMT

    Viljoen: 38 franchise matches, 178 wickets @ 24.1, S/R 39.5. Strange definition of horrible. I do think that 4 games out of 5, he will bowl too many loose balls at ODI level. I'd like to see Birch have a run; probably, a yard too slow for the test team, but like Tsotsobe (who, if you notice, is not fit...), his control is needed in our line-up.

  • Jeff on January 30, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    mmm Morris and Viljoen getting yet another chance to bowl in international cricket... I bet Hales, Roy, Morgan and Buttler can already smell the free runs....

  • ZCF on January 30, 2016, 10:16 GMT

    Hardus Viljoen's horrible record for South Africa in FC cricket was exposed at Test level. Are CSA stupid enough to Test the same theory in ODI cricket as well considering his appalling List A record for South Africa A? Will the English team kindly teach CSA how they've used the England Lions team to rebuild their Test, ODI & T20 sides lately. With all these retirements past & pending (Alviro, Smith, Kallis; then AB, Amla, Steyn, Philander etc), it's pretty clear CSA will need valuable lessons to achieve the same. They are totally clueless right now. Parnell's injury is no excuse to pick Viljoen ahead of Patterson.

  • greig on January 30, 2016, 8:57 GMT

    Surely Pretorius is the obvious replacement for Parnell.

  • Mahdy on January 30, 2016, 6:15 GMT

    Parnell should not be selected in any format even with quota policies in place. Another one to be shown the door is Duminy.

  • Ben on January 30, 2016, 3:12 GMT

    Yes, hardly disappointing to see that Parnell is ruled out.

  • Gareth on January 29, 2016, 19:31 GMT

    Why such a narrow list? Surely Pretorius, Patersen, and Birch for 3 more are in contention at least?

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