ICC World Twenty20: Vernon Philander included in South Africa squad for tournament
South Africa have included Vernon Philander in their preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 tournament.
Last Updated: 27/12/13 10:15am
Philander, the ICC's top-ranked Test bowler, played the last of his seven Twenty20 international matches in 2007.
However, he was recently recalled to the one-day international set-up and now looks set to be utilised by the Proteas in the shortest format of the game as well.
The squad, to be captained by Faf du Plessis, has been submitted well before the January 6 deadline and will be pruned to the final 15 players at a later date.
All-rounder Jacques Kallis was not included in the preliminary squad despite saying he wanted to continue playing limited overs cricket following his decision to retire from Test cricket after the current match against South Africa.
A Cricket South Africa spokesman said: "Jacques has not been part of the Twenty20 squad for some time and he has made it clear he wants to earn selection for the 50-overs World Cup."
Test captain Graeme Smith, who has not played in a Twenty20 international since 2011, and Alviro Petersen were other members of the Test squad not included in the preliminary squad which is purely for administrative purposes and does not prevent others from being selected for the final squad.
Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Dane Vilas, Hardus Viljoen, David Wiese.