Allrounder Ryan McLaren has been called in as a replacement for Wayne Parnell in South Africa's Twenty20 squad that will play New Zealand in a three-match series starting December 21. Parnell has suffered a wrist injury that has ruled him out for two weeks.
McLaren will have the chance to play his first Twenty20 international since October 2010. He has had a productive domestic season so far, taking 15 wickets in six games at an average of 15.06, and scoring 179 runs at 44.75 in the recently concluded Momentum one-day competition. In his only first-class game this season, he took six wickets.
He was also called up as a reserve during South Africa's Test series against Australia, for the injured Jacques Kallis.
A bowling allrounder, Parnell has had his share of injury woes before. In 2010, he had picked up a groin injury that stalled his international career and gave him little game-time, something he gained in the IPL next year. He has not had the most fruitful of careers since then - in the 14 limited-overs internationals he has played since, he has taken only seven wickets and scored 121 runs at 24.20.