|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
December 21, 2012
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.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Josh Hazlewood has been on Australian cricket's radar since he was a teenager. The player that made a Test debut at the Gabba was a much-improved version of the tearaway from 2010
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test