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by John Pennington Sunday 9 November 2014
South Africa have withdrawn batsman JP Duminy from their squad to play in the five-match One-Day International series in Australia due to a knee injury.
Farhaan Behardien, who was part of the Twenty20 squad that Duminy led in Australia, will stay in the country and link up with the ODI squad.
Duminy has chronic patella tendinopathy in his left knee and will now rest for the remainder of the year, with Cricket South Africa (CSA) managing his workload ahead of next year's World Cup, which begins in February.
"JP aggravated his long-standing knee injury during the current T20 series against Australia. This is the same injury that plagued him during the Tri-series in Zimbabwe and caused him to miss the Champions League T20," team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said."The recommendation from the medical committee is that he returns back to South Africa for a six-week period of rest and rehabilitation, particularly ahead of a busy season at home and the ICC World Cup in three months," he added.
In addition to Behardien replacing Duminy in the squad, Marchant de Lange will join the group to add fast bowling cover.
De Lange made his return to international cricket, playing for the first time since in 2012, during the third Twenty20 International, which Australia won by two wickets.
South Africa won the opening match by seven wickets before Australia hit back to win the final two matches.
The first ODI at the WACA in Perth is on Friday 14th November.
South Africa ODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn
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