Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 January 15, 2012

Kallis and Amla to miss rest of ODI series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hashim Amla will miss the remainder of the ODI series against Sri Lanka to be with his wife, who is expecting their first child. Jacques Kallis has been rested while Rory Kleinveldt has been ruled out due to injury.

Alviro Petersen and Colin Ingram replace the two senior batsmen and Vernon Philander, who's been impressive in Tests, has been picked in the ODI squad in place of Kleinveldt.

Amla's been in excellent form in the series; he scored a century in the first ODI in Paarl and followed up with a half-century to help South Africa take a 2-0 lead in East London.

The decision to rest Kallis is part of Cricket South Africa's rotational policy, though it is yet unclear about when Kleinveldt is likely to return after a "relatively long-term injury".

"Hashim Amla has been forced to stand down because of family responsibilities while Rory Kleinveldt has a relatively long-term injury," Andrew Hudson, the CSA selection convenor, said in a release.

Petersen has been in good form, with runs behind his back for the Lions in the Franchise 1-day Cup, the domestic List A tournament, where he was the top scorer, and a century against Sri Lanka in the third Test in Cape Town, where he was picked at the expense of Ashwell Prince.

Ingram, too, has had a good run, with consecutive hundreds for Warriors in the SuperSport series and 521 runs at 57.88 in the Franchise 1-day Cup. Both are making a comeback to the ODI side after extended breaks. Ingram last played in the World Cup and Petersen hasn't played an ODI for South Africa since May 2010.

Philander finished the Sri Lanka Test series with 16 wickets in two matches and grabbed 14 in the series prior against Australia. He last played an ODI for South Africa in August 2008.

"Both Petersen and Philander showed excellent form in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka and they have also represented the Proteas in the ODI format before so I don't anticipate their having any problems adapting to 50 overs cricket," Hudson said. "Ingram has also been in top form in domestic cricket and was a member of the squad that went to the World Cup last year after making a century on debut against Zimbabwe.

"Although we are sad to lose players such as Amla and Kallis I see this as an opportunity to try out our options. There are still places up for grabs in our ODI squad and I must say I am excited to see the talent coming through our development pipeline."

South Africa squad: AB de Villiers (capt & wk), Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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  • Marty on January 16, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Good for you Amla! Always put family first! Will make it tough for the Proteas missing two giants in the top order though :(!

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    A correction to the article. Petersen does have runs behind his back in the domestic 1 day competition, he had a good season, but he is not the top scorer, he was not in the top 10 run scorers. He was the Lions 2nd highest run scorer behind McKenzie. Dean Elgar topped the charts.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    And SL do it now? I dont know what to say if they still cannot make it!!!!!!

  • Satish on January 16, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Botha should get a game.. Alviro as opener for Amla and Botha at 3 could work?

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    thank god ! well done Amla`s wife..I wish if Dale Stayn`s wife too can do the same

  • Suman on January 15, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Smith, please wake up!! It's been way too long for a big score from you. Best wishes to the Amla family. SL- you now have an opening. Philander, hope you rout through the SL lineup, like you did in the test series.

  • Jonathan on January 15, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Sensible decision resting Kallis (due to his intentions of making it to the '15 World Cup) and Amla obviously having his personal reasons for omission, but the puzzling inclusion of Colin Ingram, Philander and Alviro Petersen. Take nothing away from them - talented cricketers but I wouldn't think of them as match-winning limited overs cricketers. Philander has established himself due to his implausible nagging accuracy while Petersen has shown that he is a dependable Test batsman, but they haven't done too much in terms of limited overs cricket to suggest an inclusion. I would've added Richard Levi and Marchant de Lange, who are both young and have the world at their feet.

    While de Lange hasn't done much in limited overs cricket, I feel he has enough ability and at 21, should be given a chance instead of an aging Philander, who fails to threaten in the shortened formats. Another epic fail from SA selectors.

  • S on January 15, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Best of luck for the father to be.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    best wishes for hashim...he is the biggest superstar in cricket now a days...

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    South Africa clearly seeing no treat from Sri Lanka,its a shame though......

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