Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the ODIs against India and the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
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A fracture on his left thumb has ruled Dwaine Pretorius out of the ODIs against India and the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Pretorius was the joint-highest wicket-taker for South Africa in the T20 World Cup last year, has been an integral part of the side in this format.
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“The nature of the injury requires surgical intervention and Dwaine will consult the Cricket South Africa designated hand surgeon on arrival in South Africa,” CSA chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said. “Normal rehabilitation procedures will follow to ensure he speedily returns to playing cricket.”
Marco Jansen has been added to South Africa’s ODI squad.
Jansen is also part of the three-man reserves list for the T20 World Cup, along with Andile Phehlukwayo and Bjorn Fortuin, and could be the likely replacement for Pretorius in that squad as well.
This is South Africa’s second injury concern ahead of the T20 World Cup after van der Dussen was ruled out with a broken finger.
Van der Dussen sustained the injury during the second Test against England in Manchester and is expected to return to fitness for the Tests against Australia in December.
Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa at the World Cup, despite of poor form.
CSA had confirmed that Bavuma would play as an opener, though his poor run at the T20I series in India could force a change of plans.
Former South Africa Captain Graeme Smith was left shocked after national team captain Temba Bavuma failed to find takers in SA20 auction.
South Africa’s latest T20 franchise tournament held their auctions on 19 September, and youngster Tristan Stubbs went for a record-shattering sum of money.
Alongside Bavuma, Andile Pheklukwayo did not find any takers as well, a trend that does not bode well for the South Africa squad for the T20 World Cup.
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