New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 December 21, 2012

Tsotsobe ruled out of T20 series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the left-arm pace bowler, has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand which starts on Friday with an ankle injury.

Tsotsobe, who has 10 wickets from 11 Twenty20s, was one of the more experienced players in a new-look South Africa squad for the series. He was unlikely to be in contention for the Test matches which start in the New Year.

Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager, said: "Lonwabo complained of pain to his ankle yesterday during practice after bowling 10 balls. He was sent for an MRI scan which revealed bony bruising of the talus bone at the back of his ankle joint.

"The medical committee feel it will be best if he doesn't take part in the current T20 series, recommending a two to three week rest period along with consultation with an ankle specialist."

Tsotsobe joins Wayne Parnell, a fellow left-armer, on the sidelines after he was ruled out of the series with a wrist injury. No replacement has yet been named for Tsotsobe with Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Ryan McLaren, Rory Kleinveldt the other pace options in the squad.