Farhaan Behardien will have big shoes to fill when he takes on the field in 3rd ODI © Getty Images
Farhaan Behardien will have big shoes to fill when he takes on the field in 3rd ODI © Getty Images

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has confirmed that middle-order batsman Farhaan Behardien will replace injured batsman David Miller for the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka to be held at the Wanderers on Saturday. Miller was earlier ruled out of the rest of the five-match ODI series due to a finger injury. The 27-year-old sustained a cut to his little finger of the right hand while fielding during South Africa’s huge 121-run win over Lanka in the second ODI in Durban. Reflecting on Behardien’s selection, de Villiers said that the former was included in the squad based on his versatility as he could contribute with both bat and ball. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Johannesburg

“He is one of the guys you want in your team when the chips are down and when you’re going well. He can play any role and is versatile. He can bowl a few overs and is great in the field. He’s a good guy and it’s nice to have him in the side. He is a really good replacement for Dave (Miller) and there’s no better that’s for sure,” de Villiers added.

South Africa are currently leading 2-0 in the ongoing ODI series. After whitewashing the tourists in the three-Test series, Sri Lanka bounced back by winning the three T20Is but have again lost plot in the ODIs. They were outdone in the series opener by 8 wickets and succumbed in the next game as well. They will have to rebuild and find some way to stop Proteas who will be looking to give an all-round performance for Test skipper, Faf du Plessis. He will be featuring in his 100th ODI when he takes on the field on Saturday.