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Steyn, de Kock rested for first two ODIs against Pakistan

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South Africa have rested fast bowler Dale Steyn (R) and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (L) for the first two ODIs against Pakistan. Photo: File 

South Africa have rested fast bowler Dale Steyn and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock from the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan starting January 19 at Port Elizabeth. 

The Proteas have called up Duanne Olivier and Aiden Markram in their place. Olivier, who is yet to make his white-ball debut, picked up 23 wickets against Pakistan from the recent three Tests, which included three five-wicket haul and one 10-wicket match haul. Heinrich Klaasen is set to take the keeping gloves in de Kock's absence.

On day two of the third Test in Johannesburg, Steyn had an injury scare and soon left the field clutching his shoulder. Olivier insisted Steyn was "perfectly fine" in his end-of-day press conference, and Steyn went on to bowl 20 overs — the most by any of the South Africa fast bowlers — in Pakistan's second innings.

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Batsman Rassie van der Dussen is the other new cap in South Africa’s 14-man squad for the first two ODIs.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan are making a comeback as part of Pakistan's 16-member squad for the ODIs.

South Africa squad for first two ODIs

 Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier and Rassie van der Dussen

Pakistan squad for ODIs

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik and Usman Shinwari

Fixtures:

January 19, Port Elizabeth

January 22, Durban

January 25, Centurion

January 27, Johannesburg

January 30, Cape Town

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