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Abbott Added To South Africa T20 Squad

Kyle Abbott bowls
Kyle Abbott covers for Dale Steyn in South Africa's squad to play Australia
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South Africa have added Kyle Abbott to their Twenty20 squad to play Australia in three matches as cover for the injured Dale Steyn.

Fast bowler Steyn is likely to miss the first two matches, on 9th and 12th March in Port Elizabeth, as he recovers from a hamstring strain.

He suffered the injury during the decisive third Test earlier this week, which Australia won by 245 runs.

"A Grade 1 hamstring strain would usually take between 7-10 days to recover, so Dale is unlikely to be available for the first two matches in Port Elizabeth and Durban," team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee confirmed.

"At this stage we are hopeful that he will be available for the ICC World Twenty20 and will work towards having him ready for the final T20 against Australia in Centurion," he added.

Abbott has played a single Twenty20 International for the Proteas when he took one for 41 against Pakistan in March 2013.

Wayne Parnell and Beauren Hendricks will undergo fitness tests on groin and side injuries respectively as the Twenty20 squad meets for a two-day camp.

South Africa Twenty20 International squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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