Petersen lined up on the deep square boundary in the Titans’ sixth inning and sprinted to the deep midwicket to cut a film from Theunis de Bruyn. He prevented the boundary but went down immediately, clutching his left hamstring and grimacing. He was taken off the field and left the ground in an ambulance.
Earlier, Petersen scored a 51-ball 63 and added 115 for the second wicket with JJ Smuts as the Dolphins set the Titans a target of 163.
South Africa’s three-match test tour of Australia begins on December 17. The first round of South Africa’s domestic red ball games begin later this week, although the Dolphins are only due to play their opener from November 17. There will be three rounds of matches before the Test team departs for Australia, and those matches would have been vital for Petersen, who had a poor England tour. Petersen has scored just 122 runs in five innings at 24:40 in England, and is still without a Test century after ten matches.
If Petersen is unavailable for the Australian Tests, South Africa will need a replacement at No.3. Rassie van der Dussen, who broke his right index finger in the second Test in England, is expected to be fit and could play the part. South Africa’s stick will also be bolstered by Temba Bavuma, who missed the England tour with an elbow injury, and they have replacement options in Ryan Rickelton and Khaya Zondo.
The series will be the team’s first international commitment after the Mark Boucher era. Boucher resigned as head coach to take on a role with the Mumbai Indians. Malibongwe Maketa has been appointed as interim coach to lead South Africa to Australia.
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