De Kock Joins South Africa Amid Injury Concerns
South Africa have added Quinton de Kock to their group as an unofficial member of their ICC Champions Trophy squad as Dale Steyn, Robin Peterson picked up injuries during their warm-up defeat to Pakistan.
De Kock has been added to the group as cover for captain and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers as South Africa are putting plans in place to cover any further injury problems.
Steyn has been diagnosed with a mild left side strain after only feeling able to bowl five overs during the six-wicket defeat and scans confirmed the strain.
"Dale complained of some discomfort during the warm-up match against Pakistan on Monday and because of the sensitive nature of the affected area he was subsequently taken for an MRI scan which revealed mild swelling in a left intercostal muscle, in the region of the 11th and 12th rib," team manager Mohammed Moosajee explained.
"At this stage we are unable to determine whether he will be available for the first match against India in Cardiff, however, we will be assessing and treating intensively on a daily basis," he added.
Peterson, meanwhile, was not available to bowl during the match after he was hit on the foot while batting and looks likely to recover in time for the match against India on Thursday (6th June).
"Robin Peterson suffered a hit to his left foot while batting yesterday. He experienced some swelling and was advised not to bowl during the match as a precaution, he has however responded well to treatment overnight," Moosajee said.
De Kock, a versatile batsman who also keeps wicket, has played four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals after shooting to prominence during the Champions League Twenty20 with the Lions in 2012.
Any changes to South Africa's squad would require approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
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