Cape Town - The Dolphins’ CSA T20 Challenge
campaign has been dealt an unfortunate blow after the withdrawal from the
Durban Franchise’s star all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo from the remainder of
Phehlukwayo, who left a telling mark on the international game earlier this
season when he made his Standard Bank Proteas debut against Ireland and
Australia, suffered a nasty injury in the Dolphins’ match against the Warriors
in Durban on Sunday.
Bowling the final delivery of his second over, having already taken two key
wickets and gone for just three runs, Phehlukwayo was struck by a Jon-Jon Smuts shot in the groin.
The 20 year-old left the field immediately and on Monday saw a urologist and
then underwent surgery on Tuesday that will rule him out of the remainder of
the T20 tournament. It will be between four and six weeks before he commences
with his post-operation recovery.
“As a team we’re obviously very concerned for him and just want him to take
good care of his body and get better so that he’s got a chance to come back and
fire for us, for South Africa and continue a great career,” says head coach,
“We obviously weren’t happy with our performance against the Warriors on Sunday
but Andile was one of our stars in that game; he came in and bust the game open
while bowling and hit a great six with the bat and he’s a warrior for us.
“From a team point of view, we’ve dedicated our game tonight (Wednesday)
against the Lions to him and our attitude is for him and he must be happy with
what he while watching on television,” added Morgan.