South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day February 22, 2014

Parnell unlikely to bowl in Port Elizabeth Test


Wayne Parnell is unlikely to bowl for the rest of the second Test after straining his groin. Parnell left the field on the third morning after delivering 8.3 overs and was immediately taken to hospital for scans. The scans showed no tear but the strain was significant enough to rule him out of action for the next five-seven days.

Morne Morkel said although South Africa's bowlers would have a greater workload in the second innings in Parnell's absence, they would be willing to "put in any extra effort that's needed."

Parnell was spotted walking around the field after the day's play with a member of South Africa's team management. He took his steps gingerly and made slow progress, a sign running will not come too easy for him.

Although Parnell will probably not be able to bowl again in the Test, he will bat if needed. His status for the Newlands Test is still uncertain, given his troubled history with groin strains. In 2010, he had picked up a strain during the IPL, which forced him out of the tournament and kept him out of the game for months, while also stunting his progress at the international level.

He yo-yoed in and out of South Africa's limited-overs sides after debuting in 2009 but had to wait four years and three days for a Test recall. Parnell played three Tests for South Africa in 2010 and was left out of the side until this Test, in which he replaced Ryan McLaren, who was suffering from concussion.

Parnell's progression was on show from the first ball he bowled in the Test, when he dismissed Alex Doolan. Parnell had another wicket in that over and bowled consistently at speeds in the upper 140kph.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Ravi on February 23, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    That's just all those Aussie haters an excuse when Aus pull off a record win tomorrow

  • jagannath on February 23, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Luckily SA have three other quality pace bowlers. A left arm fast bowler is always an asset but if SA had batted, last Parnell's footmarks may have helped Lyon. If the opposition has a quality off-spinner and Lyon is certainly one, it would have been interesting. It's academic really. Unless the weather God's save the Aussies they are headed for a heavy defeat.

  • vic tor on February 23, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that it was Parnell, who took two wickets in his first over, when Australia were fairly cruising after losing just the wicket of Rogers, and changed the complexion of the game to some extent. Remember, that Marsh was in good form in the first test, having scored a hundred, and he(Parnell) got him first ball. So for sure, SA will miss him, and furthermore, the strain will have to be borne by the other three fast bowlers, Steyn, Morkel, and Philander. So even though Australia is on the back foot at the moment, the odds are slightly evened out a little because of Parnell's injury, and I am sure the Aussies, and SA, as well, are aware of this. It is going to be a very interesting fourth day, and if SA are to win it, they have to make a big impact on this day, because rain is forecast for most of Monday. Let's all look forward to an absorbing day's cricket, and may the better team win, irrespective of the rain. Perhaps it may end in a draw,who knows

  • Muhammad on February 23, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    That is a big below for SA as practically they now have Philander and Morkel only, because Australia has handled Styne very well so far, who looks like a shadow of himself.

  • Pundit on February 23, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Very unlucky for SA, it won't be easy with one bowler down to keep the intensity.

    Also the dropped catches has not helped.....pity SA have been slow off the Mark...not an issue when you have 5 test march series...but not 2. It is strange big 3 will,play 5 test match series and others loose out. To be honest the quality of cricket in the ashes was very poor indeed....that's why lot of the records are based on England v Australia....which basically give a wrong impression...I would include the great Don in this, he played many matches against England. If you look at other austrailia. Performance against England, they also stand out. Steve Waugh,,slater,,and another all rounder name begin with B had an average of over 200!!

  • Gerald on February 22, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    Yeah, definitely a blow. He is a much improved bowler from his debut. Wonder who they will pick next Abbott or Hendricks?

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Cricket should have allow the 12th man to play instead of an injured player, where the injury is certified by the opposing team's doctor and the replacement is a one-off (can't go back to the injured player then). Imagine how many all-rounders would play as the 12th man, for one never knows who would get injured in a test match & when. Replacement only allowed until the end of the third innings, only two replacements in a series overall, to prevent abuse.

  • Shahzad on February 22, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Parnell is a match winner...!!! Hope he is fit for Cape Town... Best wishes for him...!!!

  • ESPN on February 22, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    "he bowled only a few in the 140's"...."he wont be missed"....WHAT MATCH HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING? Sometimes the lack of kbowledge of a player is given away by the comments we see here. Il break it down for you. Parnell was picked on merit after been left out of the test squad for the last 4years. back then he showed more promise as a bowler than anything else. Over the last 2seasons Wayne has graced us PE cricket lovers with a few centuries from,the middle order and match winning spells leading the attack for the Warriors. His pace is the result of couching, his technique was rewarked to improve his consistency, that gave him the confidense to bowl at 140 and occasionally 145 as he did for much of the 1st innings. The boy knows St. Georges, this where he runs out week in week out. His knowledgeon how the pitch would play is invalueble as the Proteas rarely play here and little of the current squad play for the Warriors.

  • G on February 22, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    no Robbie, Rory or Ryan please. get Abbott or better still De Lange if he is fit.

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