Robin Peterson will join the Proteas for the Australian leg of their tour as a replacement for Aaron Phangiso, who has suffered a sprained finger and will be sidelined for approximately four to six weeks.
The Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, explained: ‘Aaron sustained a Grade two ligament sprain of a joint of the middle finger in his left hand. The injury was sustained during a Sunfoil Series match for the bizhub Highveld Lions three weeks ago, and was aggravated during the current tour. He complained of discomfort over the last few days, and a subsequent MRI scan on Friday confirmed the severity of the injury.
‘It is anticipated that he will need a recovery period of four to six weeks and will return home on Saturday to begin his recovery process.’
The Proteas will play three T20 International matches against Australia and the Proteas will then play five ODIs against the same opponents.
‘Robbie has shown impressive form for the Cobras in the Momentum One-Day Cup,’ commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson. ‘His experience will be invaluable with the World Cup just around the corner.’
The 35-year-old Peterson has played 77 ODIs for the Proteas and has taken 77 wickets at an average of 37.20 and a strike rate of 4.89. He has a highest score with the bat of 68 and a useful lower-order average of 20.96. Peterson has also played in 15 Test matches.