Rossouw and Shezi get Protea call-up

Mthokozisi Shezi and Rilee Rossouw will make their Proteas debut next month.

The Proteas march off the field after winning the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Picture: Official CSA Facebook Page.

CAPE TOWN - Rilee Rossouw of the Chevrolet Knights has been called up to replace retired Jacques Kallis in the Castle Lager Proteas squad for the three-match ODI Series against Zimbabwe next month, as well as the triangular tournament that follows it that includes Australia.

Mthokozisi Shezi also makes his ODI debut as one of the replacements for senior fast bowlers being rested.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson says Rilee has been a consistent performer in franchise cricket.

"Rilee is coming off a very impressive South Africa A series in Australia in which he scored 337 runs at an average of 48 with a strike rate of 96. The message is clear to all our players: if you perform at domestic level and then take it through to SA A level, you will be rewarded."

He says they decided to rest Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander for the series against Zimbabwe although they will return for the triangular series that follows.

"Their replacements are Marchant de Lange, Kyle Abbott and Mthokozisi Shezi."

De Lange and Shezi were the two leading bowlers for South Africa A.

De Lange makes his return for the Proteas after being side-lined for a long period through injury while Shezi is a new cap.

Abbott was part of the Castle Lager Proteas Test squad for the recent series in Sri Lanka.

Hudson added that the squad would only be finalised for the triangular at the end of the Zimbabwe Series.

He says Kagiso Rabada, another member of the South Africa A squad, will travel with the ODI squad for the triangular series.

"We want him to experience and learn from the environment around the Proteas."