South Africa v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Potchefstroom January 23, 2013

Elgar replaces injured Amla in ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Injured batsman Hashim Amla has been withdrawn from South Africa's squad for the final ODI against New Zealand.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"Hashim has been withdrawn from the last ODI because we felt it would be a 50-50 call with his quad strain going into the match and we didn't want to risk him with the Test match against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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  • nono on January 24, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Henry Davids is a typical replacement for Hashim-, Dean Elgar for Hashi-what a joke!!why cant the selectors see that.? Shame on you guyz. Where is Albie Morkel and this Wiese guy. Both of them remind me of Lance Kluser in his dayz. I stil we owe Albie an apology. Faf is a very good player and all of a sudden he is captain.

  • Akshay on January 24, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Get David Wiese ! Get David Wiese ! Get David Wiese ! He is the next best thing to happen after Lance Klusener ! Bret Pelser,Chris Morris and Obus Pienaar are allrounders to watch out for !

  • Prinesh on January 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    No sane, reasonable south african ever claimed that our ODI side was "the best".

    We are well aware of the shortcomings of our side in this format (and 20/20 for that matter).

    I think that the one thing that our 90's odi side, that this doesn't, was an abundance of world class all-rounders. Lance, Shaun, Big Mac, even Andrew Hall. Albie promised so much, but I don't think we've handled him well.

    Also Polly was able to bowl 10 overs, 2/35 on a REGULAR basis. He would tie up an end with minimal effort.

    I think Henry Davids deserves a chance up top to be honest. Great stroke-maker.

    That being said, young De Kock also deserves a fair run.

    Bowling is our real issue i feel though. We need a Hafeez, or a Dilshan... JP needs to fill that role.

  • Mohammad on January 24, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    South Africa beaten by a bruised kiwi herd in their own backyard

    long way to go for the best team

    u r off the focus now!!!

  • Rob on January 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Where's Albie Morkel ? Time for Harmer too ?

  • Harjinder on January 23, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    SA lost the series hurts us badly but...I am very very happy with the team selection KOCK FARHAAN ,ELGAR ,MILLER ,INGRAM.they deserve ...lets hope they will play for SA as long run horses.....GOOD luck .....GARY

  • des on January 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Great, we've called up Elgar. Now we just need to recall Kepler Wessels and Rudolph, and persist with Behardien, and we can bat out for a draw.

  • greig on January 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    He looked really flaky in the ODIs in England, hope those scores against NZ in the Tests have given him some confidence.

    Team for 3rd ODI (Deadrubber now) 1 Davids . 2. De Kock 3. Ingram 4. Faff (c) 5. Berhadien 6. Miller 7. Albie Morkel 8. Phisango 9. Kleinfeld 10. M.Morkel 11. Tsotsobe

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