February 13, 2003

Rhodes out of World Cup, Smith gets call-up

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Jonty Rhodes has been withdrawn from the South African World Cup squad due to the hand injury he sustained in Wednesdays 10 wickets win over Kenya in Potchefstroom.

Rhodes suffered a break to the fifth metacarpal on his right hand when he dropped catch offered by Maurice Odumbe in the 31st over of the Kenyan innings. The fracture was reduced under local anesthetic and two pins were inserted to facilitate union at the fracture site by immobilisation. Medical opinion is that the injury could take up to four weeks to heal with another week needed for rehabilitation.

In the light of this information and after consultation with fellow selectors, coach Eric Simons, captain Shaun Pollock and the medical team, selection convener Omar Henry has decided to withdraw Rhodes from the squad.

The South African team management will submit and application together with the relevant medical documents on Friday morning to the ICC CWC Technical Committee for approval to have Western Province batsman Graeme Smith drafted into the squad as a replacement for Rhodes.