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George Linde replaces injured Keshav Maharaj for final Test
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George Linde replaces injured Keshav Maharaj for final Test

South Africa have opted for a like-for-like replacement with George Linde being inducted into the line-up in the absence of injured Keshav Maharaj for the third Test against India.

Maharaj bruised his shoulder in the second Test in Pune while trying to field the ball but still batted in both innings of the match.

He fought through the pains of the injury and top-scored for his side with a patient 72 in the first innings, putting on 109 runs for the ninth wicket with Vernon Philander.

The shoulder injury has flared up requiring Maharaj to sit out the subsequent encounter in Ranchi giving uncapped left-arm spinner Linde the chance to fill in the vacant spot in the squad.

“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," South Africa's team doctor Ramjee Hashendra said.

"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," he added.

Linde was part of South Africa's T20I squad for the three-match series against India, which took place before the Tests.

The 27-year-old Linde, who has not yet made his international debut, boasts the experience of 45 first-class games and has taken 160 wickets at an average of 24.05.