Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day November 9, 2012

Heel injury puts Duminy out for up to six months


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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  • Ramakrishnan on November 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Excessive emphasis on fitness and training is also counter productive.

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Cameron 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.

  • Antony 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.

  • Bhaskar on November 10, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Aussies will win the series with or without duminy

  • Sean on November 10, 2012, 3:06 GMT

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

  • Brent 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

  • Andrew 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!

  • Nik 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.

  • madema on November 10, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    get well soon.FAF for JP.

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