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South Africa have been dealt with a major blow as AB De Villiers has been ruled out of five match ODI Series and also three match test series against Australia. South Africa is scheduled to play five ODI from 30th September.
“AB has failed to come through his fitness test this morning,” Mohammad Moosajee, SA team manager said. “Although the physio strapped his elbow while he was batting and he did have some relief with some shots, the elbow pain has not gone away completely.
“When the initial injury was discovered, the issue was that he was having impingement with certain shots. With that in mind, we advocated a period of rest, he has seen the physiotherapist for treatment, he received some bio-kinetics and rehab, and also saw an elbow specialist for the infiltration of cortisone. In most cases, you get resolving of symptoms within six weeks. This did not take place, so we gave him an extra week to see if it would recover.
“This morning, he had a couple of throwdowns. The elbow was strapped and he had some symptom relief. He probably felt about 80% better than without the strapping. But knowing AB, the complete cricketer that he is, he wants to make sure none of his shots are restricted. With that in mind, we decided on surgery and to give him adequate time to recover so he doesn’t hamper his career going forward.
“The recovery is anything between eight to ten weeks and we are hopeful he will recover for the Sri Lanka series in December.”
He will not take part in the five match ODI series and also miss the three match test series against Australia in November. South Africa will take on Australia in their maiden day night match. He also missed 2 match test series against New Zealand in August.
This is a major blow for the South African team ahead of busy season. The team will be captained Faf Du Plessis.
Faf Du Plessis(C), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Quniton De Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, Shamsi, Rabada, Dale Steyn, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayko, Behradien