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Jacques returns to ODI squad

Calcutta: Jacques Kallis will return to South Africa’s one-day squad for the first time in almost two years after being named in a 14-member squad for matches against Pakistan and India, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday.

While the series against Pakistan starts in Cape Town on Sunday, the one-dayers against India are scheduled from Dec. 5. The 38-year-old Kallis last played in the 50-over format for South Africa against New Zealand in February 2012. Kallis, who has played in 321 ODIs, will replace T20 captain Faf du Plessis.

“The return of Kallis means that Faf du Plessis has to drop out,” commented CSA selection convenor Andrew Hudson. “As well as Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell have done as emerging all-rounders, it is very welcome news to have Jacques back as our premium all-rounder,” he said.

The squad: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe