South Africa have named Keegan Petersen to replace injured Aiden Markram for the second Test match against England. Markram was ruled out of the rest of the series after he broke his finger in the first Test match at Centurion. while fielding The opening batsman will undergo surgery later this week, a Cricket South Africa release said.
Meanwhile, Keegan Petersen has been in sublime form in the recent past and thus he has received his maiden Test call-up. The uncapped batsman scored a fine knock of 111 for South Africa A in a tour match at Benoni against England last week. Furthermore, he forged 155 for Northern Cape against Western Province in Kimberley last month in a second-tier first-class game.
Petersen will like to grab his chance.
However, Petersen call-up is a surprising one as South Africa already has the third opener in their squad – Pieter Malan. Thus, it would be interesting to note who will get the opportunity to replace Aiden Markram in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, it is also anticipated Rassie Van der Dussen who scored a good knock of 51 runs in the second dig might be given the chance to open the innings. The right-hander had replaced injured Temba Bavuma in the first Test. Consequently, if Bavuma is fit to play the second Test match, van der Dussen can be pushed up the batting order.
Keegan Petersen has scored 15 centuries in his 149 first-class innings, which have brought him 5,490 runs at an average of 40.66. Thus, he would like to grab his chance with both hands if he gets the opportunity in the second Test match.
Meanwhile, England needs 129 runs to win whereas South Africa needs another four wickets to win the first Test. The second Test match will take place at Cape Town from Friday.