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Injured SA spinner Tahir may play against India

March 10, 2011 15:56 IST

Leg spinner Imran Tahir will be available for South Africa's remaining World Cup matches even though he has been advised to rest his fractured thumb for 10 days, a team official said on Thursday.

The Pakistan-born cricketer suffered a fracture in his left thumb, his non-bowling hand, during the game against England while catching the ball to dismiss Jonathan Trott.

Tahir, who has taken 11 wickets in three matches, had the injured finger x-rayed on Wednesday and the pictures were sent back to hand specialist Dr Mike Solomons in South Africa.

"Tahir has been advised rest for 10 days but he remains available for all South Africa's matches," a team spokesperson said in Nagpur.

The streaked-hair bowler, who became eligible to play for South Africa after gaining his citizenship in January, was able to bowl in the nets on Thursday.

South Africa play India on Saturday at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur in a high-profile Group B match. After that they have group matches left against Ireland and Bangladesh.

 

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