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The South African team management have decided to rest pacer Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock for the first two ODI’s against Pakistan which is scheduled to start on the 19th of January. The Proteas’ Test heroes Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier have been called in as replacements for the duo. 

Both Steyn and de Kock featured in all three of South Africa’s victorious Test matches against Pakistan recently, with Steyn bowling a cumulative of 94.1 overs, more than any other of his compatriots. De Kock too spent a lot of time in the centre, scoring a crucial ton in the final Test. Therefore, keeping in mind their workload, the South African management has decided to give the pair a rest for the first two ODI’s with the 2019 World Cup in England just a few months away.

In de Kock’s absence, Heinrich Klassen is expected to keep the wickets for the Proteas. 

South Africa squad: 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, Rassie van der Dussen.