Wednesday 13 February 2008 

Robin Peterson Gets Late Call For Bangladesh Tour

South Africa have called up left-arm spinner Robin Peterson to travel to Bangladesh after Paul Harris was ruled out of the trip at the last minute.

Harris has had to undergo surgery for an abscess which will need three weeks to recover, meaning he was unable to leave with the squad to Bangladesh but is expected to be fit for the following tour of India.

"Robbie (Robin Peterson) has shown excellent form in the SuperSport Series competition," commented selection convener Joubert Strydom.

"He was the leading wicket-taker among South African spin bowlers with 24 wickets with the only spin bowler to do better being Imran Tahir of Pakistan and the Nashua Titans who
claimed 31 dismissals.

"It is also important to maintain consistency in selection. Robin and Johan Botha were our two spin bowlers in the South African A side that played the West Indies, so we have the same combination again.

"It is also important to have the variety offered by having a left-hander and a right-hander in our spin attack," concluded Strydom.

Peterson, who has played five Tests and 35 ODIs for the Proteas, will leave for Bangladesh at the end of the week along with Neil McKenzie, whose own departure was delayed due to personal reasons.

South Africa play two Tests and three One Day Internationals, with the first Test beginning on February 22nd.



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