South Africa news September 22, 2012

Petersen suffers broken hand

South Africa's Test opening batsman Alviro Petersen will be out of action for three weeks after breaking his left hand in a Sunfoil Series match on Friday. Petersen should recover in time for Lions' first match of the Champions League T20, which will take place on October 14 against Mumbai Indians in Johannesburg.

The injury occurred on the second day of the match while Petersen, who captains the franchise, was fielding as the only slip. Andrew Puttick offered a chance off Pumelela Matshikwe's bowling and Petersen dived as he attempted to take the catch. All he had to show for it was a fracture and a spilt chance.

He had x-rays done immediately and did not bat in Lions' first innings. Petersen will not play any further part in the match and Neil McKenzie took over the captaincy. His injury only adds to Lions' woes in their season opener. After conceding a massive 543, of which Puttick scored 194, they were forced to follow on.

Petersen has not played competitive cricket since the third Test against England in August and spoke about wanting to spend time in the middle ahead of the November tour to Australia. He may not get that but should be fully healed by the time the South African selectors pick the squad for that tour.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent