AB de Villiers, the South Africa team captain, will miss his group’s One-Day International (ODI) conflict against Ireland, Cricket South Africa (CSA) declared on Thursday (September 22). The classy batsman has been allowed extra days of rest before the five-match series against Australia to recover adequately from an elbow injury.
AB de Villiers, who got the damage in August after his stint at the Caribbean Premier League, sat out at South Africa’s 1-0 series win at home against New Zealand a month ago.
“AB de Villiers will miss the one-off Momentum ODI against Ireland at Sahara Park Willowmoore in Benoni on Sunday to give the injury more time to recover, and his availability for the series against Australia will be subject to him passing a fitness test,” a CSA release stated.
The 32-year-old complained of pain a week ago and therefore got a cortisone injection . His interest in the series against Australia would be liable to a wellness Test. Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s group chief, additionally said that surgery would be a last alternative.
“AB has been on a rigorous rehabilitation and treatment plan for the last six weeks but is still complaining of pain in the elbow region. We consulted with a specialist, who advised extensive rehab and injected the elbow with cortisone,” Moosajee said.
“However, the CSA medical committee has recommended a few more days of rehab to allow the elbow to improve. He will undergo treatment this week with our physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, and a final call on his availability for the first ODI against Australia will be subject to him passing a fitness test. While surgery remains the last option, we hope that the extra time will allow the injury to respond to treatment,” he added.
Faf du Plessis will captain the team in de Villiers’s absence and Rilee Rossouw has been added to the squad as batting cover.