SOUTH Africa have suffered a huge blow with skipper AB de Villiers ruled out of home one-day internationals and away Test series against Australia due to an elbow injury.
The Proteas’ best batsman failed a fitness test on Tuesday, Cricket South Africa announced, and he’ll have an elbow operation next week.
Australia’s five-match ODI series against South Africa starts in Centurion on Friday while they will host the Proteas in three Tests in November.
AB de Villiers is still symptomatic and has not recovered from his elbow impingement injury which makes surgery the only long-term solution,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.
“We have tried the conservative management of rest, physio, rehab and cortisone infiltration into the elbow, but that has not yielded the results that we would have liked.
“He will have surgery to the elbow early next week and the target is to hopefully have him back for the Sri Lankan home series over the Christmas period.”
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AB de Villiers loss is a massive blow as South Africa look to topple Australia in the five-match ODI series as well as what is expected to be his final Test tour to Australia.
It’s likely that Faf du Plessis, who filled in for AB de Villiers in last Sunday’s ODI win over Ireland, will be elevated to captain for the Australia series.
Batsman Rilee Rossouw has been added to the South Africa ODI squad in place of AB de Villiers for the upcoming matches against Australia at Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Rilee Rossouw will remain with the ODI squad for the series against Australia, while Faf du Plessis is likely to lead the Test squad in Australia. “Faf has led the team, he will do the same in the ODI series against Australia,” Moosajee said. “And I have no doubt he will carry on for another series.”