Proteas: Player on standby for Phangiso

MARCH 3, 2016

The Proteas selectors have put a player on standby to take Aaron Phangiso’s place in the ICC World Twenty20 squad in case the spinner fails to rectify his bowling action in time.

Independent tests conducted on Phangiso’s bowling action have revealed that the left-arm spinner’s bowling action is illegal.

These tests were conducted last Friday at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre which was accredited as an ICC testing laboratory in December 2014.

CSA has confirmed that Phangiso will not be considered for the first two T20 internationals against Australia.

He will remain with the squad and will work alongside spin bowling coach, Claude Henderson, who will be joined by CSA’s High Performance Manager, Vinnie Barnes, in an effort to remedy his action.

Phangiso will undergo a second round of independent tests next Monday which will then determine whether he is available for selection for the last T20 against Australia, as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in India.

“Linda Zondi will probably announce (a suitable candidate) in the next few days should Phangiso not be able to go to the World Cup,” coach Russell Domingo said.

“We have put somebody on standby should he not be allowed to go to the World Cup because of his action. We are going to work with Phangiso over the next couple of days, we’ve got about five or six sessions before he gets retested on Monday in Pretoria. Hopefully we’ll get a good report and he’ll be able join us on Thursday when we leave.”

CSA did not reveal who the player on standby is, but it may not be a spinner, considering the fact that Imran Tahir is already in the squad.

Morne Morkel and brother Albie could be options, as well as Lions spinner Eddie Leie, although the latter is currently struggling with a hamstring injury.

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Image: Aaron Phangiso (right) in bowling action which was deemed illegal.