South Africa has been handed a huge blow in preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia as their all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series in India as well as the T20 World Cup that begins later this month in Australia. He suffered a fracture on his left thumb during the third T20I against India on Tuesday in Indore, the only game that South Africa won in the three-match series.
There is no word yet from Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Pretorius replacement. 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 frontrunner to replace Pretorius in T20 World Cup squad as well.
“All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against India and the proceeding ICC Men’s T20 World Cup due to a fracture of his left thumb,” read the statement on Cricket South Africa’s official Twitter handle.
“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.”
South Africa will begin their T20 World cup campaign on 24th October against Group B Winner at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
South Africa Fixtures for T20 World Cup—
October 24: South Africa vs Group B Winner at Bellerive Oval, Hobart
October 27: South Africa vs Bangladesh at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
October 30: India vs South Africa at Perth Stadium, Perth
November 3: Pakistan vs South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
November 6: South Africa vs Group A Runner-up at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide