Fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the upcoming five-match ODI series at home against England as he still recovers from a shoulder injury.
The 32 year-old paceman sustained the injury in the Boxing Day Test against the English and has not played any cricket since then.
South Africa's team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, said that they would not risk Steyn with the World T20 coming up in March.
Moosajee said: "All initial scans were clear but when symptoms did not improve, we discovered a reaction in the bone itself.
"This is very rare in fast bowlers as it is usually caused by trauma. We are treating it conservatively because he is a fast bowler and we know we have the World T20 coming up."
With Steyn ruled out it will open up a spot in the squad for another paceman to be included with Wayne Parnell and Hardus Viljoen, who are both in the SA A side to play England in a warm-up game on Saturday, in contention.