South Africa will fly in all-rounder Ryan McLaren as cover for Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander ahead of the third Test against Australia which begins on Friday.
Kallis picked up a hamstring injury during the ongoing second Test, which South Africa are battling to save, and is almost certain to miss the third Test, while Philander was ruled out with a stiff back before the toss.
"There are injury concerns around both Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander," Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "So we have specifically gone for an all-rounder, as a like-for-like replacement. Ryan can comfortably bat at number seven, in addition to his seam-bowling skills."
McLaren has played one Test for South Africa previously, against England in 2010, and has been on the fringes of selection in all three forms of the game for some time. He last featured in the One-Day International series against England in September and has been captaining his franchise in South Africa’s domestic one-day competition.
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In other news from Australia, it has been confirmed that James Pattinson will miss most of the remainder of the Australian summer, including the Tests against Sri Lanka, as a result of the side pain that he felt on the third day of the second Test in Adelaide. He was forced to leave the field and “could hardly breathe” according to Ricky Ponting, who spoke to Channel Nine.
Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris outlined the significant nature of the damage Pattinson sustained, saying, “James Pattinson sustained a left lower rib injury, similar to a 'side strain' on day three of the Test which will effectively rule him out of contention for the remaining Tests this summer. Whilst side strains are not uncommon in bowlers, James' injury involves some damage to the end of the rib and will need further investigation at the completion of this Test to determine the best course of management and the time frame to return to bowling."
It is a terrible blow for the 22 year-old, who missed a large part of the last Australian summer due to a foot injury that occurred whilst playing against India in January.
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