Proteas Lose Pretorius for England Series

No replacement named

Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town

All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been sidelined from South Africa's limited-overs series against England.

Pretorius, who has played three Tests, 22 ODIs and 11 T20Is since 2016's debut, is nursing a hamstring injury.

“The injury took place during a team practice session at Newlands and is expected to take three to four weeks for recovery,” read a statement from Cricket South Africa.

No replacement will be named. South Africa A team coach, Malibongwe Maketa has also joined the Proteas camp as extra cover to assist the team.

“CSA, meanwhile, are pleased to announce that the Proteas have returned no positive coronavirus results in their third round of testing since their arrival in Cape Town.

“The two players who tested positive last week were not part of the tested group and remain in isolation and are being monitored closely. They are progressing well and are in good health.”

Proteas Back From IPL

The Proteas will be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who recently returned from the United Arab Emirates. He was playing for the Mumbai Indians in the 2020 Indian Premier League.

Mumbai claimed this year's title after beating the Delhi Capitals in the final. South African fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje played for the Capitals.

Tough Test Against Billings and England

South Africa and England will contest three T20Is and as many ODIs from 27 November to 9 December 2020. The tourists are the reigning World Cup champions, having beaten New Zealand in the final last year.

Batsman Sam Billings is in the touring squad – and hopeful of securing a relatively permanent berth in the playing XI.

“This is one of the hardest sports teams to get into in the world at the moment,” he told the Press Association.

“The depth we've got – batting and bowling – is phenomenal. As an individual, you just need to take the opportunities when you get them. It's a seriously good side to get into. You've got to keep moving forward as individuals and as a team, to get better and better.

“That's all you can do really. Anyone who rests on their laurels, there's someone behind them wanting that position.”

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