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Proteas packed with pace

South Africa include six seamers for England tour

Nel: Back in favour

Andre Nel is the stand out inclusion in South Africa's 15-man squad for the summer tour of England.

The fiery paceman returns to the Proteas' squad in the only addition from the South Africa party that toured India in March and April.

Nel was controversially omitted from the tour of the sub-continent due to South Africa's transformation policy, however the 30-year-old has been recalled and is amongst six seamers named by the South Africa selectors.

Nel joins a pace attack that includes the in-form Dale Steyn, the experienced Makhaya Ntini, the up-and-coming Morne Morkel, as well as Warwickshire's Monde Zondeki.

Key weapons

"It is a long tour with two lots of back-to-back test matches and we all know what the rate of attrition of fast bowlers can be, which is why we selected an extra one," selection convenor Joubert Strydom said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa.

"In addition, we feel that we will need to give Dale Steyn a bit of a rest as he has been bowling regularly in the Indian Premier League.

"He is one of our key weapons and we want him to be at his best when the test series gets underway. The same applies to Makhaya Ntini, while Morne Morkel is coming back from injury."

The remainder of the squad is the same that drew the series 1-1 in India, including two spinners in Paul Harris and Robin Peterson.

South Africa's tour of England will include four tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 match, as well as six non-international matches. They will leave for England on June 24.

SA Squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Morne Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Monde Zondeki.