Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 February 19, 2013

Injured Morkel out of third Test, Kyle Abbott in

ESPNcricinfo staff

Morne Morkel, the South Africa fast bowler, will miss the third Test of the series against Pakistan due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the course of the second game. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott has been named as his replacement for the Test, which begins on February 22.

Rory Kleinveldt, who was already part of the Test series squad, is expected to make South Africa's starting XI though, ahead of Abbott.

Abbott's domestic form prompted his call-up, CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said: "Kyle swings the ball nicely and is another player who has earned a call-up through outstanding form at franchise level. He has done extremely well in the Sunfoil Series [the domestic first-class competition] this season.

"He had an outstanding match return of 12 for 96 against the champion, Cape Cobras, and finished the series as the leading wicket-taker [49 wickets] and an economy rate of under three to the over."

Morkel had pulled up halfway through his 21st over in Pakistan's first innings, and left the field. He came out to bowl in the second innings, but managed only 3.1 overs before his hamstring trouble flared up again, leaving Jacques Kallis with the job of finishing his over for the second time in the match.

Meanwhile, seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe is likely to have fully recovered from his ankle injury in time for the limited-overs leg of the Pakistan series, Hudson said. "We did consider Lonwabo Tsotsobe [for the Tests] but unfortunately he is still recovering from an ankle injury. He will only be fit in time for the limited overs segment of the tour."

Tsotsobe was ruled out of December's Twenty20 series against South Africa with ankle issues, but managed to play the ODIs that followed in January. He has not played any competitive cricket since.

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  • Owen on February 20, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    @aditya.continous - and the cricketing world grieves for their loss.

  • Jacob on February 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @ PRAMOD_2012 A.Thomas has ruled himself out for internationals for SA so he can stay a kolpak player for Somerset. As a Somerset supporter it's great news as we can play him plus an overseas, i understand it must be frustrating as a S.African because he is a world class t20 bowler. Although stats look ordinary, he always bowls at the death, so a higher economy rate is expected.

  • aditya on February 20, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    another delhi daredevils player has been injured! its surprising to see the list which is ever increasing!...aaron, yadav, pathan, warner, jayawardene, morkel

  • Khawaja on February 20, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    if it had been pakistan they would have called up Savage who i thought has more control over all sort of variations in bowling...hav'nt heard about kyle abbott...kleinveld though i thought has a good batting ability...morkel's style fits in with dale and philander and if kyle is in form he should be slotted in...pakistan could be looking to play a third spinner since their fast bowling attack is floundering

  • Satish Chandar on February 20, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Rory can bat, have bowled in international games before with a bit success. He will be the natural replacement for anyone injured. Yet as SurlyCynic mentioned, i would prefer Morris or De Lange in place of Morne as it is a slot where they need someone who can attack with intent. If DeLange is fit, he would fit the bill perfect. 4 overs for Steyn in first spell and bring in DeLange with full pace and attack in full throttle would be the game plan. Vernon would be as lethal as ever in his conditions.. I would have Rory as replacement to Philander when injured.

  • des on February 19, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Replacements should be like for like, the SA attack works because the bowlers are all different (even without a leftarmer). So De Lange or Chris Morris should be the longer term backups/replacements for Morkel. Abbot/Gqamane would provide backups for Dale/Vern.

  • Alex on February 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    SA should try abbot. Kleinveldt is kinda big buy but very slow mover. Sa need real replacement for morkel. SA need speedster to complement steyn and philander. if ball swings steyn can finish off. It is all about different conditions. They need Tall speedster. Short speedster always spray and they are useless.

  • first on February 19, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Morne Morkel is the best support bowler now. Because of the pressure he creates Steyn and Co are able to pick up wickets. Otherwise Steyn will look like Shane bond

  • Michael on February 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    I'd love to see Abbot play instead of Kleinveldt. Kleinveldt's performances have been average and I don't see him becoming the first choice backup seamer.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    another great prospect is the super quick rookie bernard young...

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