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South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis will be sidelined for the remainder of the ongoing Twenty20 series against Pakistan.
De Kock was ruled out of the series with a groin injury, which he sustained during the fifth ODI in Cape Town.
However, the Proteas believe that he will be fit in time for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on February 13 in Durban.
“Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13.”
With De Kock out of action, uncapped Cape Cobras Janneman Malan has been called up as his replacement.
“Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level,” convener of selectors Linda Zondi said. “He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level.”
Meanwhile, after the first Twenty20 International, where Du Plessis walloped a 45-ball 78 to help South Africa beat Pakistan by six runs, he announced that he would rest for the last two matches of the series.
South Africa will be looking to secured an unassailable 2-0 in the second Twenty20 International, which takes place on February 3 in Johannesburg.