Abbott Called Up As Morne Morkel Out Of Final Test

Abbott Called Up As Morne Morkel Out Of Final Test
Abbott Called Up As Morne Morkel Out Of Final Test
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South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has, as expected, been ruled out of the third and final Test against Pakistan due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the second Test in Cape Town.

The injury prevented him from bowling in the second innings although South Africa nevertheless wrapped up a four-wicket win that ensures they will retain the number one Test ranking regardless of results around the world between now and April.

Morkel will be replaced in the third Test, which gets underway at Centurion on Friday (22nd February) by Rory Kleinveldt and South Africa have added uncapped pacer Kyle Abbott to their squad as cover.

South Africa are overwhelming 2/5 favourites with bet365 to win the final Test. Pakistan are 11/2 and the draw is 4/1.

Kleinveldt has played three Tests to date having overtaken the currently injured Lonwabo Tsotsobe and others including Wayne Parnell as South Africa's first-choice stand-in, having deputised for Vernon Philander in Australia and against New Zealand earlier this year. His debut came in the first Test against Australia last year when South Africa opted for an all-pace attack.

25-year-old Abbott, meanwhile, has played 37 first-class matches for KwaZulu-Natal and the Dolphins, taking 141 wickets at 21.58.

This season, however, he has been in outstanding form with 49 wickets at 15.36 in South Africa's domestic first-class competition, also returning three for 82 and four for 26 against the Pakistanis for the South African Invitational XI earlier on the tour.

He took match figures of 12 for 196 against domestic champions Cape Cobras and was the competition's leading wicket-taker.

South Africa won the opening Test by 211 runs before moving into an unassailable 2-0 series lead in Cape Town with a dogged performance, fighting back from a first-innings deficit to overcome Pakistan with a day to spare.

South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn

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