NZ VS SA Series: Proteas top-order batter Keegan Petersen has been ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand, having tested positive for COVID-19. The 28-year-old player is asymptomatic and won’t travel with the team for the Test series against the Kiwis.

“The number three batter is well and asymptomatic. Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) medical team will keep in close contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being,” CSA said in an official statement.

Keegan Petersen was the highest run-getter in the three-match Test series against India, having scored 276 runs. He also registered three half-centuries in six innings and was adjudged as the Player of the Series. The South African side will surely miss the services of their in-form no.3 batter. We have daily cricket tips here in our site.

NZ VS SA Series: Who will replace Keegan Petersen in South Africa Squad?

NZ VS SA Series: South African Batter Keegan Petersen Tests Positive, Will Miss NZ Series
NZ VS SA Series: South African Batter Keegan Petersen Tests Positive, Will Miss NZ Series

26-year-old batter Zubayr Hamza will replace Keegan Petersen during South Africa’s tour to New Zealand. Hamza has scored 181 runs from five matches, including a half-century for the Proteas in Tests.

He last played a Test match for his nation against England back in 2020 at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. He scored only 12 runs from both innings during his last outing. The player returns to the Proteas Test side after two long years. He’ll be hoping to get a place in the starting XI and prove his mettle.

The Proteas will also have a change in the coaching staff for the New Zealand tour. South Africa A team head coach Malibongwe Maketa and physiotherapist Brent Martin will take charge of the national side. They would be filling in for Rivash Gobind and Craig Govender, who are on leave.

South Africa Squad vs New Zealand

NZ VS SA Series: Series: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Zubayr Hamza, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne

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