New South Wales opener Phil Jaques has been added to Australia's one-day international squad for the series against South Africa.
With Ricky Ponting struggling with an abdominal strain, the National Selection Panel has opted to fly Jaques in as cover for the reaming four matches.
"As we're two batsmen down for the time being, due to the injuries to Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, the selectors feel it is essential to fly Phil Jaques in as cover," he said.
"There's no doubt Phil's form has been great this Summer and we've every confidence in him if his services are called upon," NSP Chairman, Trevor Hohns said.
Hohns said that a decision on squad numbers will be made when more is known about the nature of Ponting's injury.