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Injured David Wiese replaced by Albie Morkel for India tour

Injured David Wiese replaced by Albie Morkel for India tour
Albie Morkel has been named as a replacement for injured David Wiese for the T20Is against India.
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South African all-rounder David Wiese has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 International series against India while Albie Morkel has been named as his replacement.

In a warm-up match ahead of the tour, Wiese was hit on his right hand when attempting to take a catch off his own bowling.

From 12 T20Is so far, Wiese has taken 20 wickets at an average of 13.35, which also includes a five-wicket haul.

South African T20I captain Faf du Plessis acknowledged that the team will miss Wiese for his bowling exploits.

"David is a fantastic player for us in the T20 format. He has done really well.

“His bowling is going to be missed the most.

“He has been a banker from a captain's point of view.

“You know what you are going to get from him.

“He is pretty clever in the middle, he is a very smart bowler.” 

Morkel on the other hand will have a chance to feature in his 50th T20I for South Africa, with his last appearance in the format coming in April 2014.

From 49 T20Is, Albie has scored 572 runs at a strike rate of 142.28, while picking up 23 wickets at an average of 37.04.

Du Plessis felt that Albie’s experience will be crucial to the team and urged the 34-year-old to grab this opportunity with both hands.

"Albie brings a lot of experience,” said du Plessis.

“I suppose Albie would have thought his time is up, once again, but he is getting another opportunity because he is a quality player.

“For him, it is important to try and also put a stake, even if he wasn't in our thinking and our plans, he is getting an opportunity to make it so."

While clarifying the status on his own knee injury du Plessis said: “I was batting in the nets this week with Gary (Kirsten) and I feel good.”

Another injured South African player Rilee Rossouw has been ruled out of the limited overs matches of the series with an injured foot.

Rossouw was earlier slated to take part in the One-Day International series, but the medical team decided not to rush his return.

Uncapped Khaya Zondo, who was included in the T20I squad, will take Rossouw’s position in the ODI squad.

South African team manager, Mohammed Moosajee iterated that they are planning to get Rossouw back into action by the end of October.

"The medical committee have decided it is still too early for him (Rossouw) to be pushed at this stage.

"The plan is to get him to be ready by the end of October."

Meanwhile fast bowler Chris Morris has been given the green light after recovering from a groin strain he picked up in Bangladesh earlier this year.

The first of the three T20Is will be played in Dharamsala on the 2nd of October whereas the second and third games will take place in Cuttack and Kolkata on 5th and 8th October respectively.

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