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South Africa left-arm spinner Robin Peterson has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series against the West Indies after he cut his finger during fielding practice.
Peterson suffered a cut to his left forefinger that required three stitches and will now be out of action for the next two weeks.
Since Peterson was the only spinner in South Africa’s Test squad, the Proteas have called up leg-spinner Imran Tahir as his replacement.
“A frontline spinner is very important for this ground [Port Elizabeth],” batsman Faf du Plessis said. “We feel for Robbie. He has waited a period of time to make his return to the Test side. Conditions didn’t suit in Centurion but here, they are more likely to, so we feel for him that he may be out.”
Peterson’s injury takes South Africa’s walking wounded tally up to three. All-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy is still nursing a knee injury, while wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will be out of action for the next six weeks after tearing a ligament in his ankle.
“You go through cycles of not having any injuries and then all of a sudden you have a few,” du Plessis said. “We’ve been very unfortunate in the last while.
“We’ve got quite an important tournament coming up – the World Cup – so we hope that’s it for injuries for now.”