De Kock Joins South Africa Amid Injury Concerns

Quinton de Kock and Ryan McLaren in action for South Africa
De Kock Joins South Africa Amid Injury Concerns
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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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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia