Northerns all-rounder Ruan de Swardt has replaced the injured JP Duminy in the Paarl Rocks squad for the remainder of the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
Duminy injured a hamstring earlier this month and was diagnosed with a high-grade partial tear. While unable to play, Duminy remained with the Rocks in a mentorship capacity.
‘This was one tournament I was looking forward to play in this year, particularly after missing out last year due to injury,’ said Duminy.
‘Playing with one of my best mates as well, Faf du Plessis; we’ve been talking the last month at how excited we were about playing together again.
‘It’s great to be still involved as a mentor for the team and there are a lot of younger guys I feel I can assist. One of my biggest passions is team and business culture. To operate from that mindset and see how I can add value to the team culture and environment as well is a great opportunity.
‘There’s great mix of experience and youth in the team and some great talent on show. For me it’s a great privilege to be involved and share in the experience of the MSL in the next few weeks.’
The Rocks currently occupy second position in the six-team standings. They will play the log-leading Nelson Mandela Bay Giants later this week.
‘With James Vince coming in to strengthen our top order, we needed another all-rounder to balance out the squad,’ added Rocks head coach Adrian Birrell.
‘Ruan has a lot of potential and I’m confident he’ll add some real value in the middle-order and gives us more options in our bowling attack as well.’