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Elgar recalled as SA hit by double injury


Elgar replaces Hashim Amla, who has a finger injury

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SA batsman, Dean Elgar, has been added to the One-Day International (ODI) squad to take on Zimbabwe in the three-match series starting in Kimberley on Sunday.

Elgar replaces Hashim Amla, who has a finger injury.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said: “Hashim sustained a tear to the tendon in his left fifth digit while fielding during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League. The injury will need up to three weeks to heal.

“The CSA medical committee has also withdrawn Faf from the ODI series. He has not made a satisfactory recovery from his shoulder injury and has been given more time to make a complete recovery. We are hopeful he will be fit enough to return to lead the T20 side for the three-match series against Zimbabwe.”

JP Duminy will lead the side in Du Plessis’ absence.

CSA National Selection Panel convener, Linda Zondi, says Elgar’s recent form and experience will be added value at the top of the order.

“We have said that the Zimbabwe series is an opportunity to further explore our ODI options and the unfortunate injury to Hashim gives us an opportunity to see what Dean is capable of in the limited-overs format. He has always been on our radar having put in consistent performances both in South Africa and the UK, and brings a wealth of valuable experience to the batting group in Hashim and Faf’s absence.”

Keshav Maharaj has been released from the ODI squad and will play for the Dolphins in their first round four-day competition fixture against the Multiply Titans starting at SuperSport Park today.

Elsewhere, Cape Cobras and South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell, who recently signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Worcestershire, have parted ways after three years.

Parnell’s contract with Worcestershire effectively brought an end to his international career, which consisted of 65 One Day Internationals,

40 T20 Internationals and six Tests.

“His decision to sign Kolpak and also to participate in the Afghanistan Premier League has made him available for the Cobras for a very limited period, while he would also not be available for international selection in future,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the franchise.