Cricket South Africa (CSA) has stated that talented all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo will not play in the remaining two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against host England. After colliding with skipper Keshav Maharaj on Tuesday, the Protean was removed from the field with a concussion.
During England’s chase, Keshav Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo went for the same ball, and the latter was spotted with an injured chin after colliding with his skipper’s shoulder. Under the ICC’s concussion substitution regulations, the 26-year-old was replaced by Dwaine Pretorius. He was being watched after leaving the field.
Dr. Hashendra Ramjee of the visitors’ team provided light on his position, revealing that he has exhibited signs of improvement, which is positive for the Protean team and will continue on the road to recovery following the start of his rehabilitation program. Although he will not play in the second and third ODIs, he may be able to play in South Africa’s T20I series following the remaining two ODIs.
Keshav Maharaj’s team delivered a clinical effort in the first ODI against the hosts on Tuesday, July 19th, and won comfortably by 62 runs. In the absence of regular skipper Temba Bavuma, the experienced spinner led the Proteas with some wise selections in the first ODI, particularly his decision to bat first on a record-breaking humid day, as the pitch slowed down in the second innings and run scoring was difficult.
Following Rassie Vander Dussen’s incredible century in Durham’s searing heat, the South African bowlers bowled smartly, making full advantage of the pitch’s dimension while the English hitters fought for fluency on a field with indeterminate bounce. England was in the contest in pursuit of the visitors’ 333 until Anrich Nortje stepped in and ended all dreams of an unexpected triumph with three wickets in one over, including Joe Root.