Hashim Amla was somewhat of a surprise inclusion in the Proteas World Cup squad that will do duty in England in May, following concerns over recent form.
There had been some question marks over the veteran batsman following slim returns with the willow in recent years, which has not been helped by his form in the CSA T20 Challenge currently in progress.
In five innings for the Cape Cobras, Amla managed just 61 runs at an average of 12. However, his experience and superb record in the host country is seen as vital in the tournament.
His gain was Reeza Hendricks’ loss as the Highveld Lions batsman was left out of the squad, while there was also no place for a second specialist wicketkeeper, with David Miller the man who will be entrusted with the gloves, should Quinton de Kock be injured during the tournament.
There was only space for two seam-bowling all-rounders, with Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius preferred over Chris Morris and Wian Mulder, with as many spin bowlers taken along in the experienced Imran Tahir and his understudy Tabraiz Shamsi.
Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi are expected to lead the charge with the ball, with Anrich Nortje the backup pace option after making his debut earlier in the year.
The Warriors quick is one of five World Cup debutants, alongside Ngidi, Phehlukwayo, Shamsi, Markram and Lions bat Rassie van der Dussen.
The Proteas open their World Cup campaign against hosts England at Lord’s on Thursday, 30 May.
Proteas World Cup squad
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 18, 2019