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George Linde to replace injured Maharaj in South Africa squad ahead of third India Test

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Left-arm spinner George Linde has been called up to the South Africa side to replace the injured Keshav Maharaj.

In the first two Tests of South Africa's series against India, Maharaj bowled a total of 127 overs, as well as top-scoring with 72 in South Africa's first innings in Pune. But a shoulder injury has ruled him out of the third and final Test, with uncapped Linde stepping into the vacated position in the squad.

South Africa's team doctor Ramjee Hashendra gave the following statement: “An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assessed this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.

"Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”

Linde has impressed for his domestic team Cape Cobras, and was part of the South Africa A side who toured India last month. The 27-year-old has taken 160 wickets in first class cricket to date, at an eye-catching average of 24.05, as well as scoring 1497 runs at 25.81, indicating he is more than capable of replacing the batting lost in the absence of Maharaj.

India have already taken the series with a brace of victories meaning they lead the three-match series 2-0. But South Africa will be eager to ensure their hosts do not claim a whitewash, with vital World Test Championship points also up for grabs. The third Test begins in Ranchi on 19 October.

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