South Africa’s left-arm spinner Paul Harris will not make it in South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh as he is undergoing a surgery on his abscess. Robin Peterson is due to fill his absence. This was a last minute decision that was made, due to Harris’ injury, for South Africa’s squad.
The convener of selectors, Joubert Strydom, said “Robbie has shown excellent form in the Supersport Series. He was the leading wicket-taker among South African spin bowlers with 24 wickets.”
Paul has had an excellent record. He managed 30 wickets in 10 Test matches giving away an average of 25 runs since his debut 12 months ago. Peterson’s international career has been struggling. He has made only five appearances for South Africa, which was back in the 2003-2004 season. The other spinner selected for South Africa is the off-break bowler Johan Botha.
They would now compete against each other for a place in the national side. Botha has the slight edge since he has been playing recently, while Peterson’s last international match was last year in the Caribbean during the world cup.
After South Africa arrives in Bangladesh, they have a warm up match before the tournament against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.
[by Shahnawaz Alam]