Imran Tahir has sprained his knee and a final call about his inclusion will be taken before the start of play © Getty Images
Imran Tahir has sprained his knee and a final call about his inclusion will be taken before the start of play © Getty Images

Nov 20, 2014

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir is doubtful to feature in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Melbourne on Friday. According to Proteas skipper AB de Villiers, Tahir had sprained his knee and that was the reason he didn’t come out to bat in the third ODI.

“I think he sprained his knee a little bit. We’ll assess him over the next day and see what he’s like on Thursday night and make the call on the morning of the game. I’m not sure how serious it is,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by sport24.co.za.

The Proteas lost the third ODI by 73 runs and are 1-2 down in the five-match series.

They are also missing another spin option in JP Duminy. The all-rounder has been sidelined due to a knee problem and is focussing on recovering to full fitness ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. “That’s why he went home, to get ready for end of the year cricket and that World Cup. He plays a big part in our team. It really balances the team nicely when he’s here, it gives us that extra option. Obviously his finishing ability in that middle order is priceless, looking forward to getting him back at the end of the year,” De Villiers said about Duminy.

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