South Africa vs New Zealand: After testing positive with COVID-19, in-form Proteas batter Keegan Petersen has been ruled out of the two-Test series in New Zealand.
Petersen, who has appeared in only five Tests so far, was outstanding and played a key role in South Africa’s 2-1 victory over India in the home Test series. The 28-year old had the most runs with 276 from six innings pitched at a 46-run average.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named Zubayr Hamza as his replacement. Hamza has appeared in five matches and made 181 runs from ten innings since his last Test match against England in 2020. In the format, he has one half-century, his highest being 62 against India in Ranchi in 2019.
“Cricket South Africa’s medical team will keep in close contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being,” CSA’s official statement read.
In other team management news from the Proteas, Malibongwe Maketa, the South Africa ‘A’ coach, and Brent Martin, the Rocks’ physiotherapist, will join the Proteas, replacing Rivash Gobind and Craig Govender, who is on leave.
South Africa is set to travel to New Zealand to play two Tests against the hosts this month with the first Test scheduled for February 17 and the second for February 27, both of which will take place in Christchurch.
South Africa vs New Zealand, South Africa squad:
Dean Elgar (captain, Titans), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain, Lions), Sarel Erwee (Dolphins), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Simon Harmer (Titans), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Duanne Olivier (Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Ryan Rickelton (Lions), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (wicket-keeper, Western Province)