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Duminy out of Australia ODIs due to knee trouble

JP Duminy compiled an important half-century AFP

South Africa batsman JP Duminy will not play the ODIs against Australia after aggravating the knee injury he picked up during the tri-series in Zimbabwe in August-September. He will be replaced in the South Africa squad by Farhaan Behardien. The selectors have also added fast bowler Marchant de Lange to the squad, to bolster its pace resources.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Duminy has been advised six weeks of rest. "JP aggravated his long-standing knee injury during the current T20 series against Australia," he said. "This is the same injury that plagued him during the tri-series in Zimbabwe and caused him to miss the Champions League T20.

"The recommendation from the medical committee is that he returns back to South Africa for a six-week period of rest and rehabilitation, particularly ahead of a busy season at home and the ICC World Cup in three months."

South Africa played the last of three T20s on Sunday, losing the game and with it the series 2-1. They play the first of five ODIs from November 14, in Perth. Then they head back home for a full series against West Indies in December and January before the World Cup.