South Africa winning the Test series almost in a calk-walk had a latest blip ahead of its ODI campaign. Top batsman, AB de Villiers injured his finger and is deemed as unfit for the first three matches of the upcoming series. Following the report, de Villiers is rested from the ODI team and South Africa selectors are working out for a capable replacement option.
In the third test against India, de Villiers injured his right index finger. Per medics, the injury would take at least two weeks to recover and so is the player. This would allow de Villiers to be available only from the fourth ODI onwards. Additionally, the match will be played at Wanderers and it would feature pink ball. In the occasion, AB de Villiers is an ambassador for the match.
Absence of AB de Villiers clipped the current ODI squad to 14 players. The team was named with an eye to World Cup 2019 campaign. The squad was without Farhaan Behardien since before and hence, probability of a debutant player has become higher in the series. This have made the possibility of Khaya Zondo to obtain the ODI cap in the series. Zondo is the potential all-rounder who can be placed in the middle order of the line-up. He was in the A team of South Africa with marginal performance. The player’s stance in domestic matches is average.
The upcoming ODI series will feature six matches starting from February 1. The matches are scheduled in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Centurion. The fourth ODI is on February 10. The final match is on February 16. The T20 series following the limited format will feature three matches starting from February 18 at Johannesburg. The second match will be at Centurion on February 21, followed by the final fixture on February 24.
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