Du Plessis out of India series with fractured finger

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the remaining ODIs against India and the T20s that follow due to a fractured finger. He did damage to the finger – his right index digit – during the first ODI on February 1. He is likely to require three to six weeks time to recover, a Cricket South Africa statement said.

Batsman Farhaan Behardien has been added to South Africa’s squad as a replacement, while Heinrich Klaasen comes in as a back-up wicketkeeper given AB de Villiers is also sidelined by injury – incidentally, also a finger issue. This is Klaasen’s maiden ODI call-up. No one has been named stand-in captain as yet.

South Africa lost the first ODI in Durban, despite a century from du Plessis. Five more ODIs follow, with three T20s after that. South Africa’s first game against the visiting Australians is set to begin on March 1.

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