South African opening batsman, Hashim Amla, had to be rushed for emergency surgery, after being hit in the groin on the first day of the third test against New Zealand.
Amla’s injury happened when he got a thick inside edge on the ball, which then delivered a nasty blow to his groin region.
He continued his innings, after getting treatment on the ground, but, was rushed to hospital after he was dismissed on 63.
Team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, released a statement, saying: “Hashim underwent emergency exploratory surgery resulting from blunt trauma sustained to his groin region, he spent the night in hospital and was discharged this morning.”
However, Moosajee, also announced that Amla was expected to fully recover in the next couple of days. “The surgeon is satisfied with the outcome and expects Hashim to make a full recovery, however, it is unlikely that he will be able to take further part in the current test match at the Basin Reserve” he said.
Assistant coach Russell Domingo, stated that he thought the injury Amla sustained, was responsible for his dismissal.
“It was a real un-Hashim like shot and maybe he was affected by the blow he took, it may have limited his movement a bit” he said.
South Africa will have been dealt a major blow if Amla does not play for the rest of the test match, and they will be hoping that he recovers soon, in order to continue producing the top quality innings that South African fans are so used to witnessing.