South Africa have named uncapped batsman Rassie van der Dussen in their 14-man squad for the first two contests of the five-match home one-day global series against Pakistan as they explore options ahead of the World Cup later this year.
Van der Dussen, 29, has featured for the South African Twenty20 worldwide team and was the leading scorer in the recent Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.
The Proteas were in a similar position in the same period previous year against India, clinching the three-match series in the second Test before going down to the visitors in the dead-rubber played at the very same venue. Batsman JP Duminy and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi have not been considered because of injury.
"We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for the World Cup", said Zondi. Paterson has also been there and thereabouts for a while, having played in the T20Is against Zimbabwe and been included as injury cover in the Test squad against Pakistan.
'Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches - Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris - are by no means out of the picture, and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series.
"We are very happy with the way in which our Vision 2019 is taking shape". The first ODI starts on the 19 January in Port Elizabeth.
Proteas ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Dale Steyn (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions).