Tahir makes the cut in South Africa’s ODI squad

January 6th, 2011 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Jan 6 (IANS) Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir was Thursday named in the 14-member South African squad for the five One-day Internationals against India starting Wednesday.Batsman Farancois du Plessis is another newcomer in the squad. Star player Jacques Kallis, who suffered a side strain in the third Test against in Cape Town was given rest.

“The absence of Jacques Kallis leaves a big gap in the side but at the same time it must be seen as an opportunity for somebody else,” said selector Andrew Hudson.

“(Farancois) Faf du Plessis has grabbed his opportunity this season as Colin Ingram did the previous season. Both he and Tahir had outstanding campaigns in the MTN-40 and we are looking forward to see how they take their games up to the next level.”

Tahir, a leg-break bowler, recently became eligible to play for South Africa.

Du Plessis and Tahir will be the 101st and 102nd player to play for South Africa in One-day Internationals.

The squad:
Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farancois (Faf) du Plessis, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

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