First on EWN: Kleinveldt happy to represent Proteas

Rory Kleinveldt is over the moon following his inclusion in the Proteas side to tour Australia.

Rory Kleinveldt is over the moon following his inclusion in the Proteas side to tour Australia.

CAPE TOWN - Rory Kleinveldt has told Eyewitness News Sport he is incredibly overwhelmed but delighted to have been named in the Proteas' test squad for their tour of Australia.

The Cape Cobras bowler was preferred to Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Kleinveldt says his hard work has paid off.

"I have worked hard on my game over the past two seasons and it's paid off now. Hopefully I'll get a chance to play and prove myself at the highest level of the game."

Kleinveldt was suspended for three matches for testing positive for Marijuana last season.

This season has been a contrast for him after Cobras coach Paul Adams named him as captain at in Justin Ontong's absence.

He says the opportunity to be in the national team is a great way to move forward.

"It's obviously been a very up and down year for me, but now things have been going my way and hopefully I can keep going forward and move forward from the whole situation."

Kleinveldt is uncapped in the test arena, but has played for the national team in the T20 format.

Injury kept him out of the ODI squad last season.

The Proteas will leave for Australia on October 27.

They will play a three match test series against the Aussies.

Those still involved in the Karbonn Smart CLT20 will join them as soon as their commitments to that tournament are complete.

Proteas Castle Lager squad: Graeme Smith (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, capt), Hashim Amla (Sunfoil Dolphins), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Nashua Titans), Imran Tahir (Bizhub Highveld Lions), Jacques Kallis (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Rory Kleinveldt (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Alviro Petersen (Bizhub Highveld Lions), Robbie Peterson (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Jacques Rudolph (Nashua Titans), Dale Steyn (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Thami Tsolekile (Bizhub Highveld Lions).