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Cricket | SA Team

Amla, Peterson out, Elgar added to squad



Hashim Amla and Robin Peterson have been withdrawn from the Proteas' squad for the final one-day international against New Zealand Potchefstroom on Friday, while Dean Elgar has been added to the squad.

Amla sustained a strain to his right quad muscle on Monday afternoon, while Peterson received stitches for a split webbing to his right hand during the second ODI on Tuesday.

"Hashim has been withdrawn from the last ODI because we felt it would be a 50-50 call with his quad strain going into the match and we didn't want to risk him with the test match against Pakistan less than a week away," team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said on Tuesday.

"Robin split the webbing of the last digit of his right hand while trying to field a ball off his own bowling in the eighth over of his spell this [Tuesday] afternoon. He needed stitches, and will not be able to take part in the final game."

Aaron Phangiso will be included in the team in place of Peterson, while Chevrolet Knights batsman Elgar will provide batting cover for Amla. Paceman Dale Steyn will join the squad in Potchefstroom.

Elgar made his ODI debut for the Proteas during the tour to England last year, playing in all five matches in that series.

He scored 93 runs in four innings with a best of 42.

Phangiso will be making his ODI debut. After impressing for the Lions in the 2012 Champions League T20, he was included in the Proteas team that played two T20s against New Zealand last year.

The Proteas lost their second consecutive ODI to New Zealand on Tuesday, suffering a 27-run loss at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

The Black Caps now hold an unassailable 2-0 series lead ahead of the final match of the series.

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