India in South Africa 2010-11 December 30, 2010

Sehwag out of South Africa one-dayers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag has been rested from the one-day series in South Africa due to shoulder trouble, but he will play in the deciding Test in Cape Town starting Sunday. Rohit Sharma has been named as his replacement for the one-dayers, and opener M Vijay has also been added as the squad's 17th member.

Sehwag has already missed the two previous World Twenty20s due to shoulder problems, and the rest from the one-day series seems to be more of a precautionary measure as he is still available for the third Test. The decision means India haven't fielded their full-strength one-day side since the New Zealand series in early 2009.

The absence of Sehwag leaves the Indian squad with only two regular openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, prompting the decision to ask Vijay to stay on in South Africa for the one-dayers.

The five one-dayers against South Africa, starting January 12, are India's last chance to test themselves in the 50-over format before the World Cup begins next February.