Petersen in for crocked Smith

  • Last Updated: May 14 2013, 10:57 BST

Opener Alviro Petersen has been added to South Africa's Champions Trophy squad in place of the injured Graeme Smith.

Alviro Petersen: Added to South Africa's Champions Trophy squad
Alviro Petersen: Added to South Africa's Champions Trophy squad

Smith, who was captaining Surrey, has returned to South Africa for ankle surgery and will play no part in the tournament, leaving the way clear for Petersen.

Like Smith, Petersen has been playing county cricket, for Somerset, giving him plenty of time to get used to conditions for the competition, which takes place The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium next month.

Initial signs show the 32-year-old is in good form, scoring 495 runs at 82.5 in three first-class knocks for Somerset as well as 42 in his only YB40 innings.

Cricket South Africa selector Andrew Hudson said: "We have decided on a like-for-like replacement and Alviro is the obvious choice in this regard.

"He is a specialist opening batsman and also brings some very useful experience on board following the loss of both Smith and Jacques Kallis.

"In addition he is in the form of his life, having made almost 500 runs in three County Championship Division One matches for Somerset, including two centuries.

"With the tournament being played early in the England summer we envisage that bowling conditions will favour the seamers and getting good partnerships going up front is going to be paramount to success. He handled these conditions extremely well during our Test tour to England last year."

Petersen has an average of 31.21 in his 17 one-day appearances for the Proteas, with four half-centuries and top score of 80.

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