Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day

Heel injury puts Duminy out for up to six months

Firdose Moonda at the Gabba

November 9, 2012

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JP Duminy made 31 before he was bowled, Australia A v South Africans, Sydney, 3rd day, November 4, 2012
JP Duminy could be out of action for up to six months following surgery on his injured heel © Getty Images
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JP Duminy, the South Africa batsman, has been ruled out of the rest of the Brisbane Test and faces three to six months out of the game after rupturing an Achilles tendon in his left heel during the post-play warmdown on Friday. He will have surgery on Saturday.

Duminy had played no part in the on-field action during the day, but was doing drills with fitness trainer Rob Walter when he slipped. After going down, he was treated on the field by physiotherapist Brandon Jackson and had to be carried off by bowling coach Allan Donald and Jackson. He was taken for X-rays immediately afterwards, which revealed the injury.

"He was running in the shuttle sprints and heard a pop," Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager, said. "The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.

"Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle, as was the case during his sprint. We will only be able to gauge an expected recovery date further down the line, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.

"He is obviously disappointed, but is trying his best to stay positive; he says everything happens for a reason."

Duminy will fly home, and 12th man Faf du Plessis will take up fielding duties for South Africa in his absence. South Africa will name a replacement for Duminy on Monday.

Duminy's injury means that South Africa, who are playing the Brisbane Test without a specialist spinner, are without their favoured part-time spinner too. Graeme Smith would have to bowl himself or Alviro Petersen should the need for a bit of spin arise.

There is some irony in Duminy's mishap. He made his Test debut in Australia four years ago, when an injury to Ashwell Prince resulted in a spot in team opening up. Duminy was one of the standout performers of South Africa's 2-1 series win then.

Although he was dropped a year later, Duminy made a comeback in March when Jacques Kallis' stiff neck in New Zealand created a vacancy. He scored a century in Wellington and was able to secure a permanent spot in the team when Mark Boucher's enforced retirement, also due to injury, allowed South Africa to lengthen their batting as AB de Villiers filled the wicketkeeper's role.

11:52GMT, November 9: This story has been updated after the results of Duminy's medical tests were announced.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by nayonika on (November 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Excessive emphasis on fitness and training is also counter productive.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Incredibly bad luck to loose two senior members of the squad over a few months. It seems training sessions are the most dangerous time for players. I've come across quite a few cases of idiopathic catastophic achilies tendon failure in people who have taken Levofloxacin antibiotic. Did JP have a little UTI, I wonder?

Posted by crh8971 on (November 10, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Really terrible luck for JP and I wish him all the best in his recovery. He batted amazingly well against us the last time SA toured Australia. Who is the obvious replacement in the SA squad? If I was an SA selector I would send for a back up keeper. AB is too good as a top order batsmen and with Kallis in the team they can easily get to five bowlers.

Posted by Antomann on (November 10, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Seem to be a lot of injuries around at the moment - are players being overtrained? The Combined England/South Africa XI for one will be taking a second-rate attack to the Indians, be interesting to see what happens there.

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 10, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

Aussies will win the series with or without duminy

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 10, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

He wont even be needed to bat, so theres no issue

Posted by cheesemethod on (November 10, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Im against the idea of a supersub, especially in test cricket. The idea that the opposing captain could allow a replacement isnt bad (much like taking a wicket unfairly), but it has implications. If he says yes, he'll be praised for playing in the spirit but makes it harder to win the game. If he says no the media will be all over him for being a sour player yet it would give them a better chance of winning. That added pressure isnt fair to the opposing captain as he.was not at fault for the injury. Gabba curse alrigh, im sure we havent rain like this in several months. In this situation id love to see play abandonned for the day and and extra day added so theres no loss of play

Posted by Meety on (November 10, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

The fact is - for 150 years, once the first ball is bowled, the Test XI named are the only ones that can bat or bowl. That's the way it is, whilst a terribly unlucky thing for JP, people talking about allowing a substitute is ridiculous. A whole day had been taken, before the injury occurred. Pretending that a substitute would be allowed, & lets say it HAD to be a like-for-like replacement, what would stop Sth Africa choosing Robin Petersen? He is an accomplished batsmen with several FC tons. Even going with dePlasis - he is a better bowler than Duminy - so Oz lose out as Sth Africa half way thru their turn to bat & can field a superior bowling attack. It is just unworkable, happy for it T20s or domestic FC cricket but NOT tests!

Posted by Humdingers on (November 10, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Why would the trainer schedule sprints? Crazy. @Dale_Pain hahah "spirit and cricket" don't go together when Australa play mate.

Posted by guster_mdm on (November 10, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

get well soon.FAF for JP.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

JP'S my favorite SA player. Just an unfortunate injury. Could happen to anyone at anytime. Wish him a speedy recovery. Yes, I think much of the warm-up exercises are overdone. Plus far more cricket is being played nowadays, mainly for commercial reasons. This leads to the increased possibility of players' bodies being worn down and becoming more susceptible to injury which is exactly what's been happening. The piper has got to be paid!

Posted by Shongololo on (November 10, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Very unfortunate, I wish J-P a quick and full recovery, look forward to having him back in the team as he's a great asset, with bat, in the field and even with his occasional tweakers. We'll miss him.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Every time a player is injured in a big match the idea of a full substitute is floated again. I guess the argument against it would be that the ICC don't want tactical substitutions (which could be engineered by getting a player to go down with an 'injury'). Otherwise it seems unfair that bad luck like this can give such an advantage to the other side (though Australia need all the help they can get here).

Posted by mahjut on (November 10, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Surley Cynic - i don't remember Firdose criticising Rudolph's selection but i sure have - you can neveer pick a playing eleven on the premise that one might get injured and have to drop out mid-match. As it happens - yes, Rudolph is a better bat than Tsolokile but he's better than bouch too and as much as i liked Bouch - this side is probably better balanced without him. HOWEVER, were he still playing would you be criticising his selection (as you infer you would be criticising Tsotsie's)?

Posted by Buggsy on (November 10, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

Dale_Pain, I'm pretty sure it's far too late for South Africa to request a replacement, I don't even think the umpires could allow it.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

If JPD has not taken any part whatsoever until the end of first day, with his team batting first & no services of the entire team being into question, ICC should allow rules to be relaxed to have the 12th Man take over, in all fairness and to have a balance between the 2 team, which is the ACTUAL SPIRIT OF THE GAME. This is no case of a RED CARD like situation in Soccer/Football. - Regards Ray C - Dubai

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

Laws of Cricket, Law 2 = "a substitute may not bat, bowl, keep wicket or act as captain". There is no provision in the laws for a captain's agreement. It would have been nice to see Clarke put in the position of having to agree to a substitution (to see if he would), but the laws simply don't permit it.

Posted by brittop on (November 9, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

@Front-Foot_lunge: now the ICC stops everyone having a runner, so England were obviously onto something.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

disspointing, but fantastic news for the aussie battlers

Posted by Dale_Pain on (November 9, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

Duminy was yet to play a part in this game. I think the spirit of cricket would be championed by Aus allowing a replacement in this situation...

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 9, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

You have to feel for Dumminy, a ruptured achilles sidelined Matthew Hayden for a while and his recovery took, according to him on TMS a few years ago, around 2 years. The same thing happened to Peitersen. To think fellow England fans (no doubt those who see cricket only as a vehicle to rubbish other countries) called for his dropping/axing from the side, unaware of the extent of injury or progress of his recovery. I am not even sure if SA can even ask for a substitute. One things for sure, Australia wont be like how England now plays the game, refuses runners for Smith, or like P.Collingwood did, runs out a NZ batsmen after he injures himself colliding with the bowler.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

SA have been really unlucky with these freak injuries! First Boucher, now Duminy. Wishing JP a speedy recovery.

Posted by Nortex on (November 9, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Would AUS / Clarke allow a replacement if asked by SAF? I think the laws of the game allow a replacement of a nominated player if the opposing captain allows for it. Would SAF ask?

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

This is like getting kicked in the teeth. Duminy's offspinners were likely to come in real handy against Aus' lefties. Terrible news. I feel for ya, JP.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

@Rupert147 - There's no way anyone's going out to bat with a snapped achilles, ICC rules or not.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@rupert147, when you rupture you achilles tendon, you cant even stand, let alone bat

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

Is it the Gabba Curse????

Posted by Cheeki on (November 9, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

@cheesemethod- Maybe you forgot to add a certain country in the southern hemisphere who lay out green tops to make their bowlers look far more menancing than they actually are. Does 2003 ring a bell? Did great at home but got trashed in the WC in SA. That being said, I do really like DV who plays for RCB

Posted by mrmonty on (November 9, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Hope a very speedy recovery.

Posted by ARad on (November 9, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Poor Dumny. This will be a good opportunity for Faf to get a Test cap. This will also give an opportunity for Rudolph to play without worrying much about his place for a few months. If Rudolph still doesn't perform, SA may be better off going with De Kock and get De Villiers off his WK keeping duties when Duminy returns.

Posted by cheesemethod on (November 9, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Really unfortunate but before you go blaming the trainers this was a real freak accident. I remember RSAs last tour here with graeme smith batting at 11 with a broken hand. Amazing cricket theatre, even my girlfriend who hates cricket and sports in general with a passion got into it. with the exception of watching NZ (as they are my home team) AUS vs RSA is easily the best 2 teams to watch goto war. They both play to win unlike a couple of the asian countries who will stay past their welcome on a flat pitch to create a high scoring draw. Gunna be a good tour, wish it was a longer one thiugh

Posted by Rupert147 on (November 9, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

I love it that the hapless ICC chose to ban "runners" in all international cricket with no exceptions. This means Duminy could never bat in the event of South Africa needing say, 10 runs to win. Such hard and fast rules/laws were always going to come back to haunt the shallow thinkers who timer with this great game.

Posted by Venkatb on (November 9, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Given Kallis in the side, SA have 12 players normally and are now down to 11!

Posted by 200ondebut on (November 9, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

I'm not sure Aus would have got that far down the SA order for it to make any difference. Feel sorry for JP hope he gets better soon.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

feel for JP, its really the hardest task to stay away from cricket for 6 months, SA a spinner down could prove very costly if the test match stays on for 5 days

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

It's not stupid - he fell over while doing a warm-down which all international teams do... it's a freak accident

Posted by SirViv1973 on (November 9, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

@Dan Botten, I agree to a certain extent but only if a like for like player is used as a sub. Otherwise i think it could be an unfair advantage to the team with the injured player. I'm not sure it would be fair if SAF were allowed to bring in Tahir having seen how the pitch has played and with first inns runs on the board. I think if someone like Duplessis was brought in that would be fair enough.

Posted by randhak on (November 9, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

U rite duminy..everything happens 4 a reason.. May b its d time to hav fun wid family and frnds for 6 mnths..and who knows what gud is there for u ?!!!

Posted by vish57 on (November 9, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Fair to allow substitute in such a circumstances, obviously a batsman with a batsman only; ICC should consider the same

Posted by ibbani on (November 9, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

SA 10 = AUS 11, SA will win easily and beat the Kangaroos

Posted by eyballfallenout on (November 9, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

hmmm, i think they should be able to replace him, he hasn't taken part in the test at all yet. I know what the rules say and i know how teams could break them with fake injury, but i think 1 day into the test of the batting side where he has not taken the field its a real shame.

Posted by beekay87 on (November 9, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Huge loss to sa. They need to dig deeper but victory will still be on the cards considering how well day 1 went and the quality of the bowling attack. I advise people not to over-underestimate the so-called inexperienced Australian top order as even debutants have scored hundreds. All we need is to maintain lethal focus

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

For all those who are commenting on "stupidity of sportsmen", Achilles injury is a very freak accident and can happen to anyone. It is rarely the fault of the athlete/sportsman. Happened to Beckham as he was lightly jogging backwards. Go look it up!

Posted by SamRoy on (November 9, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

If you ask me not a good day for SA; Duminy got injured SA with 6 batsmen for both innings and not even a part time spinner.

Posted by sawifan on (November 9, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@Hammond. Surprised YOU think that hahah, but i agree that this could have a larger effect on the series than thought, especially with so much talk about the SAf batting depth. I too hope he is fine, despite the (potential) advantage to AUS.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 9, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Really feel for duminy, why don't these people calling him silly understand, he was doing exercises with the team following the match and this was just an accident..personally I am recovering after rupturing the ligaments in my knee while sliding to stop a ball in the last game of last season...I have slid like this 100s of times in my time playing cricket but again, just bad luck..all the best for a speedy recovery JP.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Really ICC should consider this case and allow replacement player. JP haven't bowled,batted or fielded yet!! Whats the problem in allowing some one else to play?

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

To those of you saying he shouldn't have been doing drills during a test match are basically saying you shouldn't give 100% DURING a test match. These guys want to stay sharp and therefore train daily to be in this form that the Saffas are enjoying. It's part and parcel of the commitment these guy put in to have something like this happen. They'd rather know they put in everything they can than sit in the pavillion all day then go home and sleep. Thats hardly professional sports.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

a lucky break for AUS. they might just manage to avoid a loss or maybe even win it

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

It is sad that S.A"s J.P Duminy is injured and SA are unable to bring in an extra player during this test match. Its time the laws are revised to allow teams to utilize sudstitute players to fill these roles.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Here is a classic example of how cricketers should get fit by playing cricket.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 9, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Well, this misfortune has handed Oz a wicket & deprived Smith of his one viable spin option! Whilst wishing JP Duminy all the best for a complete recovery & sympathising with his atrocious luck, if the home side don't win from here... we can conclude that Oz are a long, very long way from competing with the #1 side: suspicions that I had after watching half an hour's play. The word 'toothless' came rapidly to mind. After three overs Hilf seemed to bowl with about as much thought as if he was rolling his (lowering) arm over in the nets! I take no pleasure in making this observation as I want Oz to be formidable again, then should England beat them, it will have that extra-sweet taste of a victory hard won.

Posted by GodBoycott on (November 9, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Not actually ironic, but a coincidence. Bearing in mind that injury is a fairly common reason for changing a settled line-up, not even that noteworthy a coincidence.

It could be called ironic in that he was injured doing warm-down exercises designed to avoid injury. That is irony.

Posted by srinivas.kompalli on (November 9, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

This test and series now surely will be SA's.Remember in last series vs Eng, they lost mark boucher in the first day of series and now JPD out in the first day of test.I am sure Smith will wear T-Shirt saying Miss u Duminy in the last day of Series.wish you speedy recovery JPD.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

In England, South Africa lost Boucher and they won the series comfortably. Now they have lost Duminy and ..... they will win again. :D

Posted by Safalicious on (November 9, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

OK, So the wim may not be by an innings after all. SA may be forced to bat twice! O the shame of it!!!

Seriously, best wishes to JP, he will be missed and speedy recovery in time to enjoy the Indian demplition in a few months

Posted by Deepakrio278 on (November 9, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Elgar, into the test squad now..

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

SO this is a great chance to test , the aussies sprit of cricket

southafrica need to ask australia to allow a new player instead of duminy, as duminy never took anypart in the match he eventually did nothing

the indicent took place after the test match and that too in a first day , and also he never been on the field so australia can allow a player sportingly

Posted by Gizza on (November 9, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Agree with @Chris Draper. One news report said he was playing rugby. Cricketers really need to stop playing non-cricket sports and even limit the time going to the gym. If you want to get cricket fit play cricket! The players who never missed a single match let alone series played and trained cricket all day whether it was fast bowling, spin bowling or batting. If it was a fielding drill, then it more unfortunate but even with fielding stick to cricket balls or tennis balls and there's no need to do anything fancy. Close-in catches, outfield catches, throws to the wicketkeeper/stumps and you're done.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

two words: NEIL MCKENZIE!

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (November 9, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Well that's a shame. Now when australia claw this test back people will use this as an excuse.

Posted by ozwriter on (November 9, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

big loss for south africa. he shouldn't have made that tweet prior to start of play

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Don't worry SA is well placed .... Gaba will change nature from day 3

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

JP you superstar!!! get well soon!!!

Posted by GLProteaFire on (November 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Just a quick question? Bearing in mind that JP Duminy has had no effect on the match thus far, if Australia gave permission for another player to join the match, would this be allowed according to the rules?? I don't for a second believe this should or would happen but I am just interested to know if this would be allowed. Sometimes captains agree on things for the better of the game i,e, double declarations without score etc. Very unfortunate injury for jp and sa, but would also be nice to beat aus with a player down!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 9, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Ouch ouch ouch. Poor Duminy... and Botha is not in the team so SA are effectively without a spinner for this game now. That could be significant itself, never mind his middle order runs. Captain Smith: you may need to bowl some of your offies mate! Rudolph is an underused legbreak-googly bowler as well...

Posted by jonesy.2 on (November 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

well after yesterday we need an advantage so we will take anything, we were abysmal here was me saying how well we would do.

Posted by Cricket4World on (November 9, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Bad luck Duminy and South Africa. I hope this doesn't have too much of a negative affect on this game.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 9, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Well, isn't it lucky now that Rudolph is playing instead of Tsolekile? That extra batsman could be vital. This author has previously criticised that selection, but it would be good to acknowledge that now.

Posted by peeeeet on (November 9, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

In this sort of instance, can they replace him with their reserve keeper for the match? Then if so, could De Villiers then take off the gloves and the reserve keeper keeps?

Posted by Andre117 on (November 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Just because Australia's fast bowlers aren't taking wickets does not mean the pitch has no benefit for fast bowling. Steyn and Philander who are probably the 2 most accurate bowlers around the top of off-stump in world cricket will be MUCH more dangerous than the Aussie bowlers. All we need is to bat out at least 2 and a half sessions tomorrow then the game is ours.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Sure, JP, everything happens for a reason. The reason here was that you were running shuttle sprints and then there was a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by your calf muscle.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

McGrath did his ankle on a cricket ball during the 2005 Ashes. These things can happen.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

A freak incident! so unfortunate that JP has to miss out this way.

Posted by MrCricket2 on (November 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

I think the sportsmanship should prevail Aussie should allow SA to pick extra player as the Duminy hasn't participated in any of on filed action........!

Posted by MrCricket2 on (November 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

I think the sportsmanship should prevail Aussie should allow SA to pick extra player as the Duminy hasn't participated in any of on filed action........!

Posted by K.A.K on (November 9, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Accidents happen. Get well soon Duminy and a speedy recovery. Would love to see you come back stronger than ever.

Posted by the_way_you_play_it on (November 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Too much injuriess with cricketers these days!!! Is this a result of the hectic schedules and the effect of commercial based twenty 20's......

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Faf du Plessis is good replacement for JP....

Posted by Chark_attack on (November 9, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@hammond what issues do you have with ponting ? He is much more valuable to australia than tandulka is to india at the moment and is he is australias form batsmen so far this summer

Posted by Beertjie on (November 9, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Really bad luck. Even with one short the best Oz can hope for is a draw. This probably won't alter Saffer prospects of winning the series though.

Posted by Hammond on (November 9, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Strange how many injuries in world cricket at the moment. Maybe the training is too intense, more cricket less new fangled aerobic guff?

Posted by akshay_gambhir on (November 9, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

I understand the need to maintain fitness during a test. I'm no professional athlete, but aren't you exerting yourself very hard if you're rupturing tendons? Is that much exertion really required at end of first day, for a WARMDOWN?! A similar thing happened to yuvi 6 years ago, tore a knee tendon while playing an innocuous warm up game before a match. Hopefully this won't severely affect SAF's chances in this test.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 9, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Who will be his replacement? Im thinking David Miller?

Posted by symsun on (November 9, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Ideas for the future.. We should promote 12 players per team with 11 batting / fielding.

Posted by yankinsa on (November 9, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Every Test team has filding and warm up drills before and during a Test match. Just bad luck, rub of the green etc.....but it DOES make the bowling look a little thinner - I guess the top batsmen will just have to score 600 instead of 500 to make up for this ......

Posted by LockyerValley on (November 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

I'm a bit uneducated in this instance. Seeing as that Duminy's injured, does that mean that South Africa cannot replace him, meaning they must bat, bowl and field with 10 players? Or does it mean that they can bring on a sub, so that they have 11 fielders, but the sub cannot bowl or bat?

Posted by 777aditya on (November 9, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

This is really unfortunate for RSA - they have lost the services of not only a talented batsman, but an agile fielder, and a decent bowler, albeit temporarily. RSA still have it in them to beat Australia with 10 men plus one substitute fielder - hope they find an able replacement for the rest of the series.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

replace fa du plesis.. because he has tallent!!!!!

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

faf du plessis is the most suitable replacement,given a chance he can become another Amla,he's a good stroke maker

Posted by Chark_attack on (November 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Wow unlucky for him. to those deriding him training after the day it was a freak mishap just because you cannot do more than walk from the couch the fridge without getting tired dosnt mean that training is stupid he is an elite athletic who has been sitting in the dressing sheds all day and needs to get out their and exercise this is the reason why south Africa have a much better side than India ect because they value fitness that said this could really harm their chances this test and for those saying about allowing replacements i disagree this just adds another dimension and more intrigue to cricket ICC have recently outlawed runners for injuries and i feel that if you were allowed substitutes that they would start to be used tactically instead of for injury

Posted by mahjut on (November 9, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

having checked the squad and been reminded: it'll be Faf for JP (i'd still stick Tahir in for Rory next Test. Hope they manage without Duminy - i'm having nightmarish visions of my favourite cricketer (GS*) bringing himself on to bowl and must reiterate - Smithy...don't fall to that temptation!

Posted by mahjut on (November 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

PHFAAA!!! Gnasher tweeted "who ever got injured having a post match beer" and you have to sympathise with the sentiment. Why risk it after the game has started!? So, at least Tahir will get a game next test... drop Kleinvelt and maybe even bring in Tsolokile to ease that pressure on AB (assuming Kallis is fit to bowl next test). JP at 7 is ideal but with that impossible i like the idea of giving Tsotsie an outing... though tbh i haven't checked the full squad

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 9, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Could this blow shake up Saffas and affect thier performance or will they use it as a motivator just as they did in England when Boucher ended his carrier with s stupid mistake. Aus will be delighted. Its tough on any captain to think he only has a10 players at his disposal. Reminds me of the McGrath slipped on red ball incident which led to Aussies losing Ashes.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Hope for the win of RSA......

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Here is a classic example why substitutes should be allowed to bat and bowl in cricket (for injuries, not tactical)

Posted by Hammond on (November 9, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@Marcio- you may see it one day, Ponting needs to retire and we need to plumb the full depths of defeat first.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Stupid idea to be doing drills DURING a test match. Why didn't he just go out for a walk or go to the gym? Australia are not affected by Watson's absence because anyone injured before a test starts is replaced. Those two things are not comparable. The Watson analogy is nonsensical. Cricket is the only stupid game where a player cannot be replaced as a batsman or as a bowler even when the opposing medical doctor can confirm an obvious injury. This is ridiculous for a 5 day game. SA may have to win with 10 against 11.

Posted by Marcio on (November 9, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

This could be costly. SA have no spinner now on a wicket that is offering little for the quicks. @Hammond, nice that you wish the best for Duminy & SA. All I'm waiting for now is to hear you wish good fortune to Australia. Now doubt it will descend from the skies written upon a large banner, suspended by an unfeasably vast number of flying pigs.

Posted by jever03 on (November 9, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

@Riyas Izzedeen: Even if that's not common knowledge on the subcontinent, but you don't stay fit by sitting in the pavillion for days on end. That the injury occured is just tough luck. SAF might miss his bowling more then his batting.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (November 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Should still be ok. South Africa has the best pace attack!! Slaughter time! :)

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

This is just an unfortunate incident. You kind of have to do the fielding drills if you ask me, in order to keep in shape. The drills are quite possibly one of the major factors that have resulted in South African being such a strong fielding unit. Im hoping the X rays were just a over precaution and its just a slight twist or something.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 9, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

South Africa will still win by an innings even without him.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

In this day and age I just cannot fathem the stupidity of an international sportsmen .... seriously!

Posted by AvidFanDownUnder on (November 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Love the forthrightness of "Riyas Izzedeen" - I think they do the training just to be prepared (especially as someone like Duminy didn't see any action today and therefore needed a release of energy) having said that definitely looks silly when something like this happens.

Posted by gokaran on (November 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

well he will have another full day and half to recover

Posted by Hammond on (November 9, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

This actually may let Australia off the hook- South Africa need that variation. Here is hoping that he is ok.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

what is the point of doing fitness drills at the end of the days play when you arr probably going to bat the next day? did he really expect to improve his fitness? by how much? what a stupid idea that can affect whole series. but then all the coaches specialist etc have to jsutify their cost so i guess they do as much as they can.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Terrible news for the Proteas. I hope he can shake this off and take part in this Test and the rest of the series.

Posted by Monday301 on (November 9, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Finally..Aussies fight back at the end of the day..lol

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