Morkel called up for India tour

Albie joins younger brother Morne as Proteas tour of India suffers early injury worries

Allrounder Albie Morkel has been called up for South Africa's Twenty20 series in India starting Friday with David Wiese withdrawing with a hand injury.

T20 skipper Faf du Plessis told reporters on Saturday 34-year-old Morkel was a welcome inclusion.

"Albie brings a lot of experience and is getting another opportunity because he is a quality player," said Du Plessis.

Albie is the elder brother of tall Proteas pace bowler Morne Morkel, who is not in the T20 squad but is in the touring party for the 50-over and Test matches.

Albie replaced his younger brother for his one Test with the Proteas in 2009. He has not played a T20 international since last year's World T20 in Bangladesh.

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Batsman Rilee Rossouw has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series that follows the three T20 matches having failed to recover from a foot stress fracture.

Uncapped Khaya Zondo, already part of the T20 squad, takes his place.

Morne (centre) and Albie played together in 2007 // Getty

Happier news for the Proteas management was that T20 fast-medium bowler Chris Morris has overcome a groin strain and will travel.

The Proteas also play four Tests in the longest tour of India they have undertaken.

If the final Test lasts five days in Delhi, the tour will stretch from October 2 to December 7.