South Africa v Zimbabwe ODI series February 21, 2005

South Africa name strong squad

Cricinfo staff



Jacques Kallis will miss the three ODIs against Zimbabwe © Getty Images
South Africa's selectors have resisted the temptation to rest leading players en masse in the forthcoming three-match one-day series against Zimbabwe, with only Jacques Kallis being allowed time to recharge his batteries.

But Haroon Lorgat, the selection convenor, said that several leading players would be allowed to sit-out at least one of the games. "We have decided to give Jacques Kallis a complete break, and we will be looking to give Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Graeme Smith a rest at some stage in the series," he told reporters. "They have done an enormous amount of work over the last few months and we must be mindful of the Test series and the tour of the West Indies."

Kallis has been replaced by allrounder Albie Morkel. "Albie is one of a group of very fine young allrounders in the country at the moment," Lorgat explained. "He has impressed us with his good form for both South Africa A and the Titans and we hope he continues that form for the senior team."

The only injury doubt is Justin Kemp who is battling to recover from a strained intercostals muscle and will undergo more treatment before having a fitness test before the opening match on Friday.

South Africa squad Graeme Smith (capt), Nicky Boje, Adam Bacher, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Albie Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph.