De Villiers: ‘I thought something was broken’

“My arm got stuck under my body and it was sore for a minute”

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Proteas captain AB de Villiers gave his team-mates and South African fans a major scare in the second ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on Wednesday.

While attempting to field a shot played by New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson, De Villiers fell hard on his side and looked to be in a lot pain initially.

Having recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an elbow injury, it was a nervous moment for everyone as physiotherapist Brendon Jackson treated the 33-year-old.

De Villiers began to recover after Jackson used the ‘magic spray’ and he subsequently went on to feature in the entire game, which the Proteas lost by six runs.

“It’s not an injury anymore,” the Pretoria native said. “It was on my intercostals, lower ribs, on the right. My arm got stuck under my body and it was sore for a minute. Slowly but surely [the pain] started fading away which meant that there was nothing serious, not broken. The minute it happened I thought something was broken, but it was just a hard fall. I am getting old.”

South Africa and New Zealand are tied at 1-1 heading into the third ODI in Wellington on Saturday.

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