Injured Kallis, uncapped Tahir named in SA World Cup squad

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Cape Town, Jan 19 (PTI) Injured allrounder Jacques Kallisand uncapped leg-spinner Imran Tahir were today included butveteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Bouncher failed to find aplace as South Africa announced its 15-member squad for theupcoming World Cup.

The 35-year-old Kallis was ruled out of the ongoingone-day series against India due to a right side muscleinjury, but South Africa''s team management today expressedconfidence that the veteran would get back to full fitnessbefore the mega-event to be played in the sub-continent fromFebruary 19.

Pakistan-born Tahir also made the final cut after beingcleared to play for South Africa in December 2010, whileallrounder Faf du Plessis was also named in the elite squad.

Faf du Plessis, who made a fine half-century on debutagainst India in the third one-dayer yesterday, has been namedin place of middle-order batsman David Miller.

Boucher and hard-hitting all-rounder Albie Morkel havealso missed out on the final squad., while Morne van Wyk isnamed as the backup wicketkeeper to A B de Villiers.

While Tahir, off-spinner Johan Botha and left-armer RobinPeterson forms South Africa''s spin attack on the spin-friendlypitches of the subcontinent, the fast bowling departmentincludes Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell and LonwaboTsotsobe.

Defending the selection of Tahir as the only uncappedplayer in the side, convener Andrew Hudson said that he was a''unique talent''.

"We think he''s a unique talent," said Hudson.

"The selection of three specialist spin bowlers isessential for the conditions we expect to encounter at theWorld Cup and it''s not a worry that Tahir has not played anODI yet. His record in domestic cricket speaks for itself. Weknow exactly what he offers us," he added.

Meanwhile, seven specialist batsmen -- captain GraemeSmith, Hashim Amla, A B de Villiers, J P Duminy, du Plessis,Colin Ingram, Kallis -- have been picked to form the squad forthe sporting extravaganza to be jointly hosted by India,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

But only four players, captain Graeme Smith, Kallis, A BDe Villiers and Robin Peterson were part of South Africa''scampaign in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where theyreached the semi-finals. .

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