Pretorius ruled out India ODIs, T20 World Cup due to thumb injury

South Africa all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been ruled out of the ongoing three-match ODI series against India and also the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Australia due to a fractured left thumb.

The 33-year-old, who suffered the injury during the third T20I against India in Indore on Tuesday, is set to undergo a surgery. In his place, all-rounder Marco Jansen has been added to the ODI squad. Incidentally, Jansen is also one of the three reserves for the T20 World Cup, with Andile Phehlukwayo and Bjorn Fortuin being the other two.

“The nature of the injury requires surgical intervention and Dwaine will consult the Cricket South Africa designated hand surgeon on arrival in South Africa,” CSA chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said. “Normal rehabilitation procedures will follow to ensure he speedily returns to playing cricket.”

Pretorius, who made his South Africa debut in 2016, has played 27 ODIs and 30 T20Is for his country, having taken 35 wickets each in those two formats. He has also notched up 192 and 261 runs in ODIs and T20Is respectively.

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