South Africa have named four uncapped players in their One-Day International squad for the three-match series against New Zealand.
Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien and Rory Kleinveldt are the four players brought into the squad and all four have either Test (Kleinveldt) or Twenty20 (de Kock, Phangiso, Behardien) experience with the Proteas.
All-rounder Jacques Kallis has been rested for the series, which gets underway on 19th January in Paarl before matches in Kimberley and Potchefstroom.
"We only have the three ODI matches against New Zealand plus another five against Pakistan to prepare our squad for the ICC Champions Trophy Tournament in England in the middle of the year," Cricket South Africa (CSA) Selection Convener Andrew Hudson said.
"The Champions Trophy also marks the halfway point to the next ICC World Cup so this is a critical part of our preparation to win these two major ICC events.
"We have done well in our ODI series over the past year with victories over Sri Lanka and New Zealand and a drawn series in England, so we have every confidence that this squad is on the right track.
"JP Duminy should also be fit by the time of the Champions Trophy to give us another selection option.
"The four newcomers have all been doing well, either in domestic cricket or by representing the Proteas in other formats."
CSA have also confirmed that Ryan McLaren has been added to the Test squad as cover for Vernon Philander ahead of the second and final Test in Port Elizabeth, which gets underway on Friday (11th January).
South Africa ODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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