Peterson replaces Phangiso for T20s in Oz

Cricket South Africa have named veteran spinner Robin Peterson as replacement for Aaron Phangiso in the Proteas’ squad for the Australian section of their limited overs tour ‘down under’.

Phangiso has suffered a sprained finger and will be sidelined for approximately four to six weeks.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, explained: “Aaron sustained a Grade two ligament sprain of a joint of the middle finger in his left hand. The injury was sustained during a Sunfoil Series match for the bizhub Highveld Lions three weeks ago, and was aggravated during the current tour.

“He complained of discomfort over the last few days, and a subsequent MRI scan on Friday confirmed the severity of the injury.

“It is anticipated that he will need a recovery period of four to six weeks and will return home on Saturday to begin his recovery process.”

Peterson last played a T20 for the Proteas in March 2013.

“Robbie has shown impressive form for the Cobras in the Momentum One-Day Cup,” commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson. “His experience will be invaluable with the World Cup just around the corner.”

The Proteas will play three T20 International matches against the Aussies and will then play five ODIs against the same opponents.