London: Fast bowler Steve Harmison, left-arm spinner Monty Panesar and batsman Ravi Bopara were left out of the England squad named on Thursday for the tour of South Africa.
Kevin Pietersen was included in the 16-man Test squad despite not having recovered fully from the Achilles tendon operation which sidelined him for part of the Ashes series victory over Australia.
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Three uncapped players have been selected for the Test squad - Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies, Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright.
Bowler Liam Plunkett, a team-mate of Harmison's at Durham, has also been recalled for the tour which begins in November and features four tests and five one-day internationals.