In­jured de Vil­liers ruled out of first three ODIs

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa – A B de Vil­liers has been ruled out of the first three ODIs against In­dia with a finger in­jury. The se­lec­tors will not name a re­place­ment, so the squad has been trimmed to 14 play­ers, with the like­li­hood of Khaya Zondo be­ing handed a de­but now higher.

De Vil­liers sus­tained the in­jury to his right in­dex finger dur­ing the third Test against In­dia and will need two weeks to make a com­plete re­cov­ery. He is ex­pected to be fit for the fourth match, the pink ODI at the Wan­der­ers, for which he is one of the am­bas­sadors.

South Africa had named a squad for the first three matches only as it looks to launch vi­sion 2019, its path­way to the World Cup. It was without Farhaan Be­har­dien, a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for de Vil­liers in the mid­dle or­der but in­cluded Zondo, who was part of the South African squad that toured In­dia in late 2015 although he did not play a game.

Zondo's List A num­bers do not put him among the top-per­form­ing do­mes­tic play­ers but his per­for­mances for South Africa A and his "po­ten­tial", ac­cord­ing to con­vener of se­lec­tors Linda Zondi, is what the se­lec­tors are in­ter­ested in.

Opener Ai­den Markram, who could slot in fur­ther down the or­der, is also in the squad.

The ODI se­ries starts on Thurs­day in Durban and de Vil­liers will miss matches at Kingsmead, Su­perS­port Park and New­lands.

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