World T20 2016 March 22, 2016

Duminy ruled out of West Indies clash


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Match Day: Drop Abbott or Rabada, play Phangiso

JP Duminy has been ruled out of South Africa's World T20 match against West Indies on Friday after sustaining a hamstring strain in their game against Afghanistan. The exact length for his recovery is unknown but South Africa are hopeful of having him ready for their final group game against Sri Lanka on Monday.

He sustained the injury when he chased the third ball of Afghanistan's innings and left the field before the opening over was completed.

"He was chasing the ball full steam and realised he was too close to the boundary and tried to stop himself. These things happen," Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, said although he did not sound overly optimistic about Duminy's prospects of recovery.

"Brandon Jackson, our physio, will have his work cut out for him. With these things you can't really put down a time frame. It could be anything from seven to 14 days. We know in the past there were guys that recovered earlier than expected and guys that just didn't. It's very much a wait and see and see how he responds. It's very important that he goes through the return to play protocols and passes a fitness test to be considered for selection."

When asked if there are thoughts of replacing Duminy in the squad, Moosajee dismissed those. "It's still very premature," he said.

Duminy's absence will leave South Africa with a selection conundrum ahead of the West Indies meeting. Nagpur's surface will demand more than one slower-bowling option - New Zealand played three spinners there to beat India - and Duminy could have provided that. So far, South Africa have only fielded one specialist spinner in Imran Tahir but are likely to also look to the other spinner in their squad Aaron Phangiso against West Indies.

Phangiso has not played an international match since October last year and has recently had to remodel his action after it reported in domestic cricket during February. The only cricket Phangiso has played with his new action was in the two warm-up matches in India, in which he bowled a total of four overs.

Phangiso's inclusion will also shorten South Africa's batting line-up which could force another change. One of the allrounders, Chris Morris or David Wiese, may have to make way for either Rilee Rossouw or Farhaan Behardien, both of whom can also bowl a bit.

Still, South Africa appear depleted without Duminy, who is their highest run-scorer in international T20 cricket and has enjoyed a return to form after a summer in which he was dropped from the Test and the ODI team. Duminy scored an unbeaten 54 in South Africa's first match against England - his first fifty in 22 international innings - and topped up with 29 not out against Afghanistan.

Duminy has a number of injury issues in recent times. In October, he was ruled out of two ODIs and a Test against India with a finger problem. He also missed two matches at last year's World Cup with a side strain and was in danger of missing the tournament after a knee injury sidelined him for six weeks towards the end of 2014. That was all after he had recovered from a torn Achilles' tendon on the tour of Australia at the end of 2012, which took seven months to recover from.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Sumeet on March 23, 2016, 13:02 GMT

    I think WI will win this match. SA are bowling very poorly. Poor enough for WI to thrash ball out of the park easily.

  • Bazza on March 23, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    @imvarun... Try reading the article before you make uninformed statements about when or why he was injured! And duminy is not exactly "in form"... One knock out of 10 doesnt indicate form and his bowling isnt too great either.

  •   Graham Vivian on March 23, 2016, 11:39 GMT

    I would make three changes. Behardien in for JP. He is better than Riley at the moment and his medium pacers will work nicely on the Nakpur wicket. Then Phangiso in for Wiese as we need another spinner. Finally Steyn in for Abbot. You have to back Steyn and Abbot is not bowling well at the moment, frankly I think he lacks experience in India. Dale on the other hand knows exactly what to do. So my team is Qdk, Amla, Faf, AB, Behardien, Miller, Morris, Steyn, Rabada, Phangiso, Tahir, I would gave Phangiso the first over and see how it goes. Our batting should still be strong enough. We have good batsman to number 7 and Steyn and Rabada are good enough to stick around if we need them. The key will be a good solid start, so we don't fall into the same trap as Sri Lanka did. Will be interesting to see if Gayle will play, but even if he does I think we can counter him on these pitches.

  • Steve on March 23, 2016, 11:17 GMT

    The team should be De Kock, Amla, AB, Faf, Miller, Rossouw, Wiese, Morris, Rabada, Phangiso, Tahir

  • Pride on March 23, 2016, 9:19 GMT

    Most teams only have 1 walking wicket, we have 3 (Tahir, KG, Abbott). Nagpur is not Wankede or Wanderers. I'd understand if you choose to play Starc & Narine ahead of Wiese & Morris but Abbott, Dale, Phangiso are not better T20 bowlers than Wiese & Morris. You can be confident to win if you need 40 off 20 with Morris & Wiese at the crease than needing 20 off 20 with Steyn & Abbott batting.

  • Pride on March 23, 2016, 8:56 GMT

    Duminy is our most valuable player. At Mumbai we needed bowling depth more than batting but if we selected Dale & Phangiso ahead of Morris & Wiese the game was going to be a lot closer because the former are likely to be expensive. At Nagpur we need batting depth and spin depth therefore Phangiso in for Abbott.

  • Varun on March 23, 2016, 5:26 GMT

    ohh..dats only possible frustrated thing happening for SA. SA have played only 2 T20 and one man (is in form) is injured already. Wat international standard they follow for fitness purpose. If he's injured, why he was playing against Afghan (despite of he's injured at that match). And, those who constantly saying that SA gonna thrashed again about 200 runs, i have to say that, this match gonna play on rank turners (remember Nagpur's test SA), SA should go and play accordingly and not go lyk mad mindless sloggers (that ABD do against England's Rashid, two sixes already and again he sloggs and out, he's having 11 odd overs with him, think that score gonna reached over 260), this tym they hv to play sensibly against Benn n Badree and score around 140-150 runs. N duminy, would b very handy in these conditions (boith @ bat n bowl), huge blow for SA. Hope thay can come over and win this match

  • Ramesh on March 23, 2016, 4:41 GMT

    Completely Agree with @cready, we are playing t20 for gods sake, why on earth would u need 7 or 8 batsmen? If duminy is injured, let it be, he is a very slow run getter in t20. We need people like miller who can smash 20 or 30 in 10 balls. And that makes a huge diff than Duminy scoring 50 of 40 balls. Wake up Cricket RSA yet again and grab the opportunity before its too late.

  • grant on March 23, 2016, 4:18 GMT

    Welcome back Aaron. Show them what you are made of and give 'em hell boy. You have been sitting in the wings for a while. Now's your big chance. Grab it with both hands and help us clobber the Windies.

  • Altaf on March 22, 2016, 18:57 GMT

    Good news. .

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