Roelof added to ODI squad

Titans all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has been added to the Proteas squad for the upcoming five match ODI series against Australia.

Van der Merwe was rewarded by Cricket South Africa following his Man of the Match display in the second T20 against Australia in Centurion on Sunday.

Chief selector Mike Procter said Van der Merwe will be a welcome addition to the squad with Jacques Kallis currently struggling with injury.

‘Roelof as an all-rounder provides us with cover for Jacques Kallis who is recovering from a groin injury. Jacques’s fitness will be assessed by our medical team when the squad assembles in Durban.’

Procter also hailed the performances of the latest additions to the Proteas’ T20 squad.

‘Roelof, Yusuf Abdulla and Robin Peterson have all performed outstandingly from the opportunities they have been given which is extremely encouraging. It enables us to broaden the base of our playing talent and gives us some exciting options when we select the squad for the ICC World T20 in England in June.’

‘Although he is not part of the ODI squad, Yusuf Abdulla will practise with the Proteas this week to give him another opportunity to work within the national team environment.’

The series kicks off on Friday with the first ODI in Durban.