Injured Philander out of second Test

Updated 08 January 2013
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Injured Philander out of second Test

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: South African fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand starting at St. George’s Park on Friday as he is suffering from a hamstring strain.
The recurrence of the injury, which almost sidelined him from the first test in Cape Town — in which he earned his fourth man of the match award — means he will not play in the second and final match of the Test series.
“Vernon’s hamstring strain will require a seven to 10 day recovery period at the very least,” Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, said in a statement.
“Although he is responding to treatment received over the past few days, we feel it’s unlikely that he’ll recover in time for this week’s test. Besides, with the Pakistan series less than a month away, it’s not worth the risk of aggravating the injury.” Cape Cobras teammate, Rory Kleinveldt, will earn his third test cap as Philander’s replacement. All rounder Ryan McLaren has been added to the squad as cover.


World Cup live: Saudi Arabia v. Uruguay

Updated 1 min 21 sec ago
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World Cup live: Saudi Arabia v. Uruguay

6:00PM: We're under way - Saudi Arabia must improve from that Russia game, let's see how the fare early on...

5:50PM: All smiles from Saudi players before the game...they're on their way out now in this crucial game, kick-off just a few minutes away...

5.45PM: Saudi Arabia Starting XI: Al-Owais, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Bahbir, Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassam, Al Dawsari, Al-Muwallad.

Saudi Arabia make four changes after their 5-0 opening-night hammering against Russia.

Goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf is left out, meaning Mohammed Al-Owais comes in. Elsewhere, Ali Albulayhi starts in the back four, while Hatan Bahbri moves into midfield and Fahad Almuwallad is in to lead the attack.

Pizzi spoke of his "feeling of shame" in the wake of their Russian nightmare. Expect Saudi Arabia to come out with all guns blazing...

5.40PMUruguay Starting XI: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Sanchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodriguez, Suarez, Cavani.

5.30PM: Just last Thursday, Saudi Arabia were thrashed by Russia. Now in the way of the Green Falcons is Uruguay - who boast one of the most fearsome frontlines in world football in Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. Everyone believes Uruguay will win, there's no pressure on Juan Antonio Pizzi's men. Can they cause a monumental upset? Join us, to find out...