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South Africa’s injury woes show no signs of stopping as wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been ruled out for the rest of the ODI series against India, and the Twenty20 series that follows, due to a wrist injury.
De Kock suffered the injury during the second ODI against India in Centurion, where the Proteas were bowled out for a record-low score at SuperSport Park en route to losing the match by nine wickets. The 25-year-old will need two to four weeks to make a full recovery.
Since no replacement has been named, it is likely that Heinrich Klaasen will make his ODI debut in the third match, which will be held in Cape Town on February 7.
“Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI on Sunday and felt severe pain and discomfort,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “Further investigation revealed severe bony bruising to the area, with associated swelling around the tendon in the wrist.
“This type of injury will require between 2-4 weeks to heal, which subsequently rules him out of the remainder of the ODI and T20 series against India. The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month.”
De Kock’s injury comes after South Africa lost batsman AB de Villiers for the first three ODIs due to a finger injury and captain Faf du Plessis, who will miss the remainder of the limited overs series with a fractured right index finger.
In the two ODIs he played, De Kock scored 54 runs at an average of 27.