CAPETOWN – Robin Peterson, the left-arm spinner, is unlikely to play in the second Test against West Indies after cutting his finger during fielding practice.
Peterson had three stitches to the forefinger of his bowling hand and will need 10 days to recover.
That leaves South Africa searching for a spinner for the Test as Peterson was the only slower bowler in the squad. That could mean a recall for Imran Tahir, who was dropped for this series, or Dane Piedt, who made a return from a shoulder injury two weeks ago.
Despite not playing the first Test in Centurion, Peterson was said to be in line to play the second Test as the track in Port Elizabeth is expected to offer assistance to spinners.
If Peterson is ruled out of the second Test then, Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner, may make a comeback. Peterson has taken 38 wickets in 15 Tests at an average of 37.26.
Earlier, South Africa have called up all-rounder Robin Peterson to replace injured left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso for the Australia leg of their limited overs tour.
Phangiso suffered a sprained finger in a domestic match prior to the team’s departure for New Zealand and will be sidelined for approximately four to six weeks.
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