Abbott replaces Parnell for Proteas

  • Last Updated: February 24 2014, 12:17 GMT

South Africa have called up seamer Kyle Abbott for the deciding third Test against Australia to replace the injured Wayne Parnell.

Kyle Abbott: Called up by South Africa
Kyle Abbott: Called up by South Africa

Parnell suffered a groin strain during South Africa's second-Test win in Port Elizabeth and the Proteas have confirmed he will not be fit in time for the final match, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday in Cape Town.

The 26-year-old Abbott, who made his one and only Test appearance against Pakistan 12 months ago, is the leading wicket-taker in the domestic Sunfoil Series four-day competition with 22 scalps at an average of 13.09 from five matches for the Dolphins.

Quinton de Kock, having made his debut in the second Test after replacing the ill Alviro Petersen, has remained in the squad as extra batting cover. Petersen was able to appear as a substitute fielder in Port Elizabeth and ran out centurion Chris Rogers in Australia's second innings.

Ryan McLaren returns after recovering from the mild concussion he sustained in the first Test in Centurion.

Australia won the first Test by 281 runs with South Africa drawing level with a 231-run win on Sunday.


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