Duminy, Miller In As Kallis Opts Out Of Champions Trophy
South Africa have included recovering batsman JP Duminy in their 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 although Jacques Kallis will play no part in the tournament.
The experienced all-rounder has made himself unavailable due to personal reasons but with Duminy returning, and the in-form David Miller also included, the squad is not short of batting options.
Duminy has not played international cricket since he ruptured an achilles tendon in Australia last year while Faf du Plessis, who is on his way back to full fitness following back problems, is also named in the squad.
"JP is well on the way to a full recovery," Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "The latest information is that he will be fully fit to play his part in all three disciplines by the end of the month. He is a very experienced limited overs cricketer and we don’t anticipate his lack of match practice being any kind of problem.
"His return adds a lot of balance to the side and that, together with the presence of two batting all-rounders in Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien, means that we now have the option to go into the tournament with seven specialist batsmen.
"Jacques' experience will obviously be missed but it does create an opportunity for David Miller whose recent form has been most impressive. It also gives a young player the chance to make his mark ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2015.
"We have stayed consistent with the squad that played in the Momentum ODI series against Pakistan, also bearing in mind that we wanted to choose players who are well equipped for England conditions."
South Africa won the Champions Trophy back in 1998 but last time out, when they hosted the tournament, they failed to reach the semi-finals.
South Africa Champions Trophy squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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2002: India/Sri Lanka
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