Rassie van der Dussen in Proteas ODI squad

Dean Elgar will take charge of South Africa for the final Test

Dean Elgar will take charge of South Africa for the final Test

Batsman Rassie van der Dussen is in line for his ODI debut and seamer Dane Paterson has been recalled to South Africa's 14-man squad for the first two ODIs against Pakistan to be played later this month.

Van der Dussen, 29, has featured for the South African Twenty20 global team and was the leading scorer in the recent Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.

Coach Ottis Gibson indicated earlier in the season that he would like the Pakistan and Sri Lanka matches to be effectively a warm-up for the World Cup squad but selection convener Linda Zondi said on Thursday there was still a degree of experimentation. Van der Dussen scored a match-winning fifty on his T20I debut against Zimbabwe a year ago, but missed out on selection for South Africa's limited overs trip to Australia in November, while Paterson has not played for the Proteas in this format since his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017.

Five one-day internationals against Pakistan and five more against Sri Lanka are South Africa's final one-day engagements before the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales that starts on May 30.

'Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches - Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris - are by no means out of the picture, and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series.

'We are very happy with the way in which our Vision 2019 is taking shape. The series against Pakistan could not have come at a better time, as these will provide a very stern test for the Proteas under conditions very similar to what we will experience at the World Cup'.

The first ODI will be played in Port Elizabeth on January 19, with the second in Durban three days later.

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

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