Kallis returns to South Africa ODI squad


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Jacques Kallis, who last played an ODI against New Zealand in February 2012, was named in South Africa's ODI squads for the three-match series against both Pakistan and India in November and December 2013.

South Africa T20I captain, Faf du Plessis, who is set to get married and leave on a honeymoon, made way for Kallis while left-arm spinner Robin Peterson was replaced by Imran Tahir in the 14-man squad.

Speaking about the inclusion of Kallis, Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said it is a big boost for the Proteas to have their premium all-rounder back in the side.

"The return of Kallis means that Faf du Plessis has to drop out. As well as Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell have done as emerging all-rounders, it is very welcome news to have Jacques back as our premium all-rounder. There is no substitute for the experience he brings to the game," Hudson said.

"We have a number of young batting talents in the squad such as Quinton de Kock and David Miller and the more experience they have around them, the better it will be for their development," he added.

Test skipper Graeme Smith also returns to the squad, having recovered from a head concussion he suffered during the Test series against Pakistan a few weeks back.

"Graeme Smith also returns to the squad after making a complete recovery from his injury. We have dropped Robbie Peterson out of the squad as Imran Tahir is in outstanding form and we are unlikely to use more than one specialist spinner in a home series. He will be able to gain valuable time in the middle playing in the Sunfoil Series," Hudson said.

South Africa ODI squad: AB de Villiers (Captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (Wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.[/img]