South Africa could be able to call upon AB de Villiers for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
An unbeaten half-century from Callum Ferguson laid the foundations for an impressive Sydney Thunder victory over Brisbane Heat in BBL 19.
Daniel Sams responded to two consecutive sixes by looping a delivery straight to square leg - an unwanted early viral sensation in BBL 19.
Uncapped ODI batsman Marnus Labuschagne is part of a 14-man squad set to face India in a three-match series, starting January 14.
Australia have turned to local Peter Siddle for the December 26 clash in Melbourne following Josh Hazlewood's withdrawal.
England's opening fixture in South Africa begins in Benoni on Tuesday - and James Anderson is expected to play for the tourists.