Looks like Beuran Hendricks and Keegan Petersen had COVID

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Dec 23, 2020, 15:37

Beuran Hendricks and Keegan Petersen have been withdrawn from South Africa's Test squad to play Sri Lanka.

Neither player entered the tour bubble when the playing group convened on Saturday, after two positive Covid-19 results were detected last week. CSA cannot, for reasons of doctor-patient confidentiality, name who the infected players are.

The other 17 squad members have tested negative on all three occasions, thus making the environment bio-secure. South Africa will not add any players to the squad for the two-Test series which starts on Boxing Day.

Having cleared three rounds of testing, South Africa can begin training as a full squad on Wednesday after having staggered sessions so far. They will also no longer be confined to their hotel rooms at the Irene Country Club and can use communal areas, with social distancing rules in place, but will not come into contact with Sri Lanka, who are housed at the same venue. In addition, they will not be permitted to leave the venue except to travel to SuperSport Park and the Wanderers for the duration of the series.

South Africa call up uncapped Sarel Erwee, Kyle Verreynne and Glenton Stuurman for Sri Lanka Tests

Cricket South Africa have enforced stricter controls for this series than they did for the England tour - in which players were allowed to play golf at various courses around the Western Cape province - both at the behest of Sri Lanka Cricket and because the England tour was unsuccessful.

Three South African players tested positive for Covid-19 - one before the tour, one after entering the bubble and one after the T20 series - as did two hotel staff, and the one-day series was postponed. Two members of England's touring party also tested positive although, on verification, their results were confirmed as false positives. South Africa, who are also due to host Australia this summer, need the Sri Lanka series to take place without incident to get their international hosting back on track.

For that reason, they pushed the final round of domestic first-class matches, which were due to start last Sunday, into next year following positive cases in two of the three matches that began on December 13. Hendricks, Petersen and eight other players in the national squad were part of two of those games.

At SuperSport Park, the match between the Titans and the Dolphins was called off after the first day because a Dolphins' players tested positive while in Bloemfontein, the game between the Knights and the Lions continued despite a Lions' player testing positive on day three. Several more Dolphins and Lions players were also found to be infected.

The impact has been felt by the national squad who have lost at least one certain starter for the Sri Lanka Tests. Hendricks, who has only played one Test, would most likely have been the third seamer in the absence of the injured Kagiso Rabada. Hendricks debuted at the Wanderers last summer and took six wickets in the match, including 5 for 64 in the second innings, and is familiar with conditions up-country, having made the Lions his domestic home. Instead, South Africa will rely on Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje for experience and could hand a debut to Glenton Stuurman, Migael Pretorius or Lutho Sipamla.

Petersen was less likely to play than Hendricks but, after three summers averaging over 50 domestically, he made a strong case to be considered at No.3. He should also have been the next man in line after being a non-playing member of the squad last season but will have to make way for one of Sarel Erwee, Raynard van Tonder or Kyle Verreynne for now.

Updated squad: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman, Sarel Erwee, Wiaan Mulder, Kyle Verreynne, Migael Pretorius, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Raynard van Tonder

Dec 23, 2020, 16:13


I was right about Hendriks all the time - but in view of the inclusion of Van Tonder thought that the other positive player was either Bavuma or Van der Dussen - so I apologize for being wrong in this case.  Keegan Petersen is as far as I know an all-rounder and I am consequently not surprised  by the inclusion of D Pretorius in the squad. 

The inclusion of Van Tonder in the squad still baffles me - he normally bets at 3 of slightly lower down.   So why was he called up at all if the batting line-up was so secure,    We will have to wait until  Saturday for the team announcement - but I suspect that Van Tonder will play ahead of either Bavuma or Van der Dussen.    


Dec 23, 2020, 22:58

Petersen is a batsman numb nuts.

Dec 24, 2020, 05:27


Stats for Petersen

Batting and fielding averages
List A666281780134*32.96247571.9131116316270
Bowling averages
List A66816614531/181/1848.335.2455.3000
Not much of either with a batting average of 41,41 on first class level as against a batting average of 49,86 of Van Tonder.      

Dec 24, 2020, 05:27


Dec 25, 2020, 02:10

Am I seriously having this debate? Petersen Hardly has credentials as an all rounder Mike. His bowling average is 107.

Was Stephan cook an all rounder too? His bowling average was much better.

Dec 25, 2020, 05:25

If you read what I wrote - I do not really know what Petersen was and did not check his  sdtats before writing the above,   OI only afterwards checked the stats amd he was not the top batsman the could have selected either,

What is much more bothering is the performance pf the players who played the SriLankans in 2018 - 19 and the same disaster can happen again/   All of  Amla, Steyn, Du Plessis and Elgar failed badly in the series and they lost both tests.   Two are gone - but the remaining to should alsi be excluded from playing the upcoming series despite the fact that they are in the squad/.  /        


Dec 26, 2020, 12:47

Clevermike Are you saying that they should be dropped because they failed in the previous series against Sri Lanka?

Jesus mate. That’s a stupid call.

Drop them because they had a poor series 2 years ago.

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