New Delhi: The South African team, which is preparing for the T20 World Cup, has suffered a major setback. South African all-rounder Dwayne Pretorius has been ruled out of the ODIs against India and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
left thumb fracture
According to the information, there is a fracture in his left thumb. Due to which he has been ruled out of the remaining 2 ODIs against India and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Pretorius was the joint-highest wicket-taker for South Africa in the T20 World Cup last year. This will prove to be a big setback for South Africa. Pretorius has played eight T20Is so far in 2022, taking 12 wickets at an average of 20.66 and most importantly, scoring quick runs with the bat.
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CSA Chief Medical Officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said, “Given the injury, surgical intervention will be required. Dwayne will consult Cricket South Africa’s designated hand surgeon upon arrival in South Africa.
Pretorius suffered the injury during the third T20 International against India in Indore. However, he took three wickets in the match. Marco Jensen and Andile Phehlukwayo are the all-rounders named in reserve for the T20 World Cup. One of them will likely replace Pretorius in the squad for Australia. Pretorius is South Africa’s second key player to be ruled out of the T20 World Cup after middle-order batsman Resie van der Dussen was ruled out last month with a finger injury.
South Africa T20 World Cup squad:
Temba Bavuma (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Henrik Klaasen, Reeza Hendrix, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Riley Rossouw, Tabrez Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Dwayne Pretorius (replacement) The name has not yet been decided)
Reserves: Bjorn Fortuyn, Marco Jensen and Andile Phehlukwayo