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Petersen rested for Derby contest

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Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis have been passed fit for South Africa’s tour match with Derbyshire at the County Ground, starting tomorrow, but Alviro Petersen will sit out.

All three sustained injuries in the drawn second Investec Test against England. Smith hurt his knee fielding in the deep at Headingley Carnegie and Kallis suffered back spasms, though both were able to bat in the second innings.

Alviro Petersen

Opening batsman Alviro Petersen, who strained a hamstring en route to 182 at Headingley, has been ruled out of the game at Derby

Petersen strained a hamstring during his first-innings 182, but is expected to feature in next week’s third Test at Lord’s.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Graeme has fully recovered from the minor ligament sprain to his left knee and we also have positive feedback from Jacques, who has responded well to treatment following the acute back spasms that he suffered during the Test.

"Alviro is progressing well with rehab after the grade one hamstring strain he sustained at Headingley, but he is unlikely to feature in the tour match against Derbyshire. He will be focusing on his rehabilitation with the aim of making sure he is fully fit for the final Test at Lord’s.”

All-rounder Albie Morkel, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, has been made available for the two-day game but will play purely as a batsman.

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