Petersen to replace Smith

2013-05-14 11:14
Alviro Petersen (Gallo)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Tuesday that they have called up Alviro Petersen of the Highveld Lions to replace the injured Graeme Smith of the Cape Cobras in the Proteas squad for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be played in England and Wales next month.

Peterson’s inclusion has been approved by the event technical committee in terms of ICC protocol governing the replacement of injured players in the originally selected squad.

“We have decided on a like-for-like replacement,” commented CSA Selection Convener Andrew Hudson, “and Alviro is the obvious choice in this regard. He is a specialist opening batsman and also brings some very useful experience on board following the loss of both Smith and Jacques Kallis.

“In addition he is in the form of his life, having made almost 500 runs in three England County Championship Division One matches for Somerset, including two centuries, at an average in the high 80s.

“With the tournament being played early in the England summer we envisage that bowling conditions will favour the seamers and getting good partnerships going up front is going to be paramount to success. He handled these conditions extremely well during our Test tour to England last year.”

Petersen played the most recent of his 17 ODI’s against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers in January last year.

Revised Proteas squad:

AB de Villiers (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Colin Ingram (Warriors), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren (Knights), David Miller (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Alviro Petersen (Highveld Lions), Robbie Peterson (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Highveld Lions)

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