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Keegan Petersen receives first call-up for the South African national team

Keegan Petersen receives first call-up for the South African national team

To replace Aiden Markram, who has been ruled out with an injury, Cricket South Africa has called up Keegan Petersen for the second Test against England which will be played at Newlands next week.

Markram won’t be able to see a single minute of action in the remainder of the series as he has been completely ruled out after he broke his finger while fielding at Centurion in the first Test against England. According to a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release, he is expected to undergo surgery this week.

Keegan Petersen is still uncapped but he did score 111 for South Africa A against England in a tour match last week. He also made 155 for Northern Cape when facing Western Province in Kimberley in a second-tier first-class game which was his most recent innings at that level.

However, Petersen’s call-up will still cause some surprise and controversy given the fact that he bats at number 3 and South Africa have a specialist in that position in Pieter Malan which is extremely rare.

If Bavuma returns to play the Cape Town, Rassie van der Dussen could be pushed higher up in the order after he made his Test debut at number 5 to replace the injured Temba Bavuma. Rassie ended up making 51 runs in the second inning, however, but will probably bat higher in the order.

If that’s the case, Petersen’s call-up would have been the case of ensuring proper coverage in case of any further injuries going into the second Test. There is also a racial angle. Being a black player, Petersen could also balance the racial composition of the team as they put out seven white players- two more than allowed in the Centurion Test.

At 26 years of age, Keegan Petersen has scored 5,490 runs in 149 first-class innings at an average of 40.66.

All eyes will be on the second Test in Newlands which begins on the 3rd of January in the new year.

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