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January 23, 2013
Injured batsman Hashim Amla has been withdrawn from South Africa's squad for the final ODI against New Zealand. Dean Elgar has been called up to provide cover. Amla had missed the second ODI in Kimberley as well with a quad-muscle strain.
"Hashim has been withdrawn from the last ODI because we felt it would be a 50-50 call with his quad strain going into the match and we didn't want to risk him with the Test match against Pakistan less than a week away," team manager Mohammad Moosajee told Supersport.
Elgar has played five ODIs since making his debut against England last year, and scored a maiden Test hundred against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth earlier this month.
Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson will also miss the final ODI. Peterson received stitches for a split webbing on his right hand that he suffered during the second ODI, which South Africa lost and thereby conceded the series.
"Robin split the webbing of the last digit of his right hand while trying to field a ball off his own bowling in the eighth over of his spell," Moosajee said. "He needed stitches, and will not be able to take part in the final game."
South Africa have another left-arm spinner, Aaron Phangiso, in the squad, though he is yet to play an ODI. The final match will be played in Potchefstroom on Friday.
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