Mumbai: The tremors of the current ace cricketers’ injury has been felt worldwide. AB de Villiers’ elbow injury has ruled him out of the home series and the away series against Australia, as said on Tuesday.
The world’s No.1 ODI batsman on failing a fitness test this Tuesday is soon to undergo a surgery on his left elbow.
The South African and the One-Day International captain’s recovery span has marred the team’s preparations and he will not be a part of the five ODIs that’ll be played against world champions Australia, beginning September 30.
That will be followed by a three-game Test series in Australia in November. It comprises of the first day-night match for South Africa.
The injury took place last August, it costed him two Test matches against New Zealand later that month. Last Sunday he also missed the one-off ODI against Ireland in Benoni.
“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. With that in mind, we are scheduling surgery early next week.”
“He will have surgery to the elbow early next week and the target is to hopefully have him back for the Sri Lankan home series over the Christmas period,” adds an optimistic Moosajee.
Rilee Rossouw is said to replace De Villiers for the ODI series starting September 30.