South Africa have called up Albie Morkel as a replacement for the injured Dean Elgar ahead of their five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Elgar, who was scheduled to make his international debut in this series, suffered a knee injury while playing for the Chevrolet Knights against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras this past weekend.
It is feared that Elgar may have suffered ligament injury which could necessitate surgery.
Morkel has played relatively little cricket this season after being injured while playing at the Nokia Champions’ League in India and then having to undergo surgery at the start of the South African summer.
Morkel, however, proved that he is back to his best while playing for the Nashua Titans against the Chevrolet Warriors in the SuperSport Series match at Sahara Park Willowmoore.
He scored a century in the first innings followed by a half-century in the second and also took important wickets.
He will join the South Africa’s squad on Monday after completion of the four-day match on Sunday.
The first of five matches will be played at Boland Park, Paarl, on Wednesday.