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South Africa Name First Test Line-Up

PTI 14 Dec 2010, 8:07:37 IST
Johannesburg, Dec 13 (PTI) South Africa have left out off-spinner Johan Botha, left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell and middle-order batsman JP Duminy from their Test line-up for the first match of the high-profile series against India starting at Centurion on December 16.Captain Graeme Smith and key batsman Hashim Amla, both of whom recovering from injuries, were expectedly named in the 12-man line-up.

Botha, Parnell and Duminy were part of the original15-man squad and they have now been released to represent their respective domestic teams in the latest round of the
Supersport series that begins on Thursday.

Parnell and Botha will play for the Warriors, and Duminyfor the Cobras.

The decision means that there will be a toss up between Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe for the third seamer's slot,while Paul Harris is a certainty in the playing XI if South Africa opt for a spinner. Duminy's exclusion ensures Ashwell.Prince will keep the number six slot.

South Africa squad for first Test:

Graeme Smith (capt), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis,Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Mark Boucher (wk),Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren, Paul Harris, Hashim Amla, Alviro Petersen. PTI