South African batsman Hashim Amla has been rewarded with a berth in his country's Twenty20 squad following his sensational form with the bat this year.
When he plays against India on 12th January, it will be his third cap in this format and he replaces Loots Bosman from the squad that won their last series 2-0 against Pakistan.
The 27-year-old has been in terrific form this year, and averages 75.57 from 15 one-dayers with five centuries and four half-centuries.
“We have decided to rest Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel because of the heavy workload they have had in the Castle Test series and the important roles they will have to play in the MTN ODI series against India as well as in the ICC Cricket World Cup,” said convener of selectors Andrew Hudson.
The selectors have named a squad of 12 for the match. Makhaya Ntini, who will be making his final international appearance for the Proteas also finds a place in the squad.
The match is the inaugural one and the two sides will compete for the Krish Mackerdhuj Trophy, which commemorates the first arrival of Indians in South Africa 150 years ago.
South Africa T20I squad: Johan Botha (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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