Batsman Rassie van der Dussen is a new cap in the South African 14-man squad that was named on Thursday for the first two one-match caps against Pakistan on 19 January.
29-year-old Van der Dussen represented the South African Twenty20 national team and was the leading scorer in the recent Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.
Five one-day internationals against Pakistan and five more against Sri Lanka are South Africa’s last one-day engagement ahead of the England and Wales Cricket World Cup, which begins on May 30.
Coach Ottis Gibson said at the start of the season that he would like to call the matches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka effective as a warm-up for the World Cup squad, but select winner Linda Zondi said Thursday there was still some experimentation.
“We need to look at all the options available to us as we move closer to selecting our final cadre for the World Cup,” Zondi said.
He said that Van der Dussen and fast bowling Dane Paterson, who were reminded of the one-day squad for the first time since 2017, were two players who “knocked hard on the door in all formats”.
Zondi said that other players in the last three games against Pakistan could get chances. Batsman JP Duminy and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi were ignored for injury.