Pakistan in South Africa, 2012-13 March 19, 2013

De Kock replaces du Plessis for last two ODIs

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Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against Pakistan and the first four weeks of the IPL with back trouble. Du Plessis will require six weeks rest and has been replaced by Quinton de Kock in the South Africa squad.

"Faf has been troubled by low back pain over the past while," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, who is also a medical doctor said. "He was recently diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine. His symptoms have worsened over the past two weeks to the extent that it has become necessary to withdraw him immediately in order to allow for rest and rehabilitation as well as a course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to further facilitate healing."

Du Plessis revealed after the second Twenty20 in Centurion just over two weeks ago that he did not bowl himself in the match because of his back condition, although he was tempted to call on his own legspin. "The doctors advised that I don't bowl for a while, until this is sorted out," he said then.

Since that has not happened, du Plessis will be sidelined for six weeks. He is certain to miss the first nine matches of the IPL, where he plays for the Chennai Super Kings, and is expected to make a comeback in the week starting April 29. If his recovery goes as planned, he should play seven matches for his franchise as well as any knockout contests in preparation for the Champions Trophy in June.

Du Plessis' unavailability leaves a gap in South Africa's middle order which young de Kock may be required to fill. Also in the squad is Dolphins batsman David Miller who could play in du Plessis' place as well.

De Kock was dropped from the ODI squad after the series against New Zealand, in which he kept wickets and opened the batting with limited success. He will not be handed the gloves in this series, because AB de Villiers has gone back to wicketkeeping permanently in ODIs, neither will he bat upfront so he will have a change of roles.

"As disappointing as Faf's injury is, it must be seen as an opportunity for Quinton," Andrew Hudson, convenor of selectors said. "He made a good start to his international career during the previous series against New Zealand and this is a chance for him to build on that."

De Kock will play for his domestic team, the Lions, in Tuesday's T20 match against the Titans in Centurion before joining the national squad tomorrow. The fourth ODI takes place in Durban on Thursday and the final match of the series will be played in Benoni on Sunday. Should de Kock feature in both, the Lions will have to do without him on Friday when they play the Warriors but they may have already qualified for the tournament final by then.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ercdanbu on March 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Not only Soouth Africa, even Chennai Super Kings will miss Faf du Plessis very badly. They really needed his aggressive batting...

  • on March 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. De lange has registered speeds upto 150 kph after his comeback. What's more is that his new action is a lot smoother and looks less injury prone.

  • Shongololo on March 20, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    And to think de Kock can't get a central contract but they're willy-nilly dished out to people like Marchant de Lange, Dean Elgar, Rory Kleinveldt, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso and Thami Tsolekile. Still a lot rotten with Cricket SA.

  • on March 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Maybe Miller is better then De Kock

  • BellCurve on March 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Tsolekile has a central contract. He should have been selected :)

  • Tripswitch on March 20, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    I'm hoping De Kock proves his worth - my impression is he seems to get a wee bit overexcited and looses his concentration at international level (I stand open to correction on this).

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Good point, how about a JP Duminy and De Lange injury update. I hope de Lange hasnt lost too much pace since the operation...

  • Apocalypse_EX on March 20, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    How's Duminy's injury progress? Will he be ready by the time the Champion's Trophy begins?

  • satishchandar on March 20, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I would pick Miller at 5 for Faf. Quinton can play last game replacing off color Smith as opener.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 20, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    De Kock better open and then have The Great Hashim Amla coming in at 3. All hail king kallis and lord hashim amla.

  • ercdanbu on March 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Not only Soouth Africa, even Chennai Super Kings will miss Faf du Plessis very badly. They really needed his aggressive batting...

  • on March 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. De lange has registered speeds upto 150 kph after his comeback. What's more is that his new action is a lot smoother and looks less injury prone.

  • Shongololo on March 20, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    And to think de Kock can't get a central contract but they're willy-nilly dished out to people like Marchant de Lange, Dean Elgar, Rory Kleinveldt, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso and Thami Tsolekile. Still a lot rotten with Cricket SA.

  • on March 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Maybe Miller is better then De Kock

  • BellCurve on March 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Tsolekile has a central contract. He should have been selected :)

  • Tripswitch on March 20, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    I'm hoping De Kock proves his worth - my impression is he seems to get a wee bit overexcited and looses his concentration at international level (I stand open to correction on this).

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Good point, how about a JP Duminy and De Lange injury update. I hope de Lange hasnt lost too much pace since the operation...

  • Apocalypse_EX on March 20, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    How's Duminy's injury progress? Will he be ready by the time the Champion's Trophy begins?

  • satishchandar on March 20, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I would pick Miller at 5 for Faf. Quinton can play last game replacing off color Smith as opener.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 20, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    De Kock better open and then have The Great Hashim Amla coming in at 3. All hail king kallis and lord hashim amla.

  • 8191 on March 19, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    @Shafaet Ashraf If he opens I have the belief that he will back in the pavilion shortly after Irfan has removed him. Just have to hope that Irfan plays.

  • Robster1 on March 19, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    de Kock should have been in the squad originally - Albie Morkel continues him good domestic form and must be very close to a recall. Kallis of course is being rested until the Champions League.

  • SurlyCynic on March 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @Kenneth Margo: Duminy the 'one day specialist' (LOL) was injured in the first TEST against Australia. he ruptured his achilles so is still recovering.

    Back to De Kock, just watched him hit 73 off 40 balls, another brilliant innings while keeping wicket and opening the batting. How this guy isn't a regular in the limited overs teams with a national contract is beyond me. Guess they prefer to give contracts to players who haven't played for a national team since 2004.

  • THE_MIZ on March 19, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @Kenneth Margo, he's been out injured since the series in Aus. Achilles Tendon injury...

  • on March 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Whatever happened to one day specialist Duminy? A talent with experience that seems to have been forgotten for no reason?

  • on March 19, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @Lloydster good to know I am not the only one looking for some bowling changes. Now would be a good time to test new bowlers because if they can contain Afridi in his current form we will know they are worth keeping in the team.

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Its miller time. Ive been waiting a long time to see Miller blossom. Lets hope that time is now.

  • aftab86 on March 19, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Where is king kallis????????

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    It won't be the worst idea to open with dekock instead of smith. Smith can play a bit lower down the order.

  • anuani on March 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    AArgh.. Faf will be missed by CSK.. but we still have Huss!

  • Lloydster on March 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    yes good replacement, but he should be in the team anyway.Now for a few bowling changes please...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Thank god he is back in the Squad, finally sanity prevails and CSA is forced to acknowledge him. De Kock should open the batting instead of Smith, unfortunately what will happen is they will stick him down at 5 or even worse play david miller instead !!

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    good to see young DE KOCK back in the proteas squad he is gong to be future GILLY for south africa

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Good to see our SUNRISER getting another chance to prove his ability common DE KOCK

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    De kock good yo see him back yong man with iots of talent

  • Stark62 on March 19, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I'm hoping for a SA win the next two ODI's and I hope, this guy pulverises Tanvir and Wahab into oblivion!!

    I did get a glimpse of him in the Nz series and he looked like a real quality prospect and will do wonders for SA in the future.

  • fah4 on March 19, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Sad news for Faf and CSK fans as he is sure to open the innings for CSK

  • SurlyCynic on March 19, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Unfortunate for Faf, but a good opportunity for De Kock. He has been in great form for the Lions, opening the batting, keeping wicket, and is their top scorer in the T20 competition. A great talent for the future. If he plays it would surely strengthen SA's fielding to get him to keep and move AB to replace Faf at point or in the covers.

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  • SurlyCynic on March 19, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Unfortunate for Faf, but a good opportunity for De Kock. He has been in great form for the Lions, opening the batting, keeping wicket, and is their top scorer in the T20 competition. A great talent for the future. If he plays it would surely strengthen SA's fielding to get him to keep and move AB to replace Faf at point or in the covers.

  • fah4 on March 19, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Sad news for Faf and CSK fans as he is sure to open the innings for CSK

  • Stark62 on March 19, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I'm hoping for a SA win the next two ODI's and I hope, this guy pulverises Tanvir and Wahab into oblivion!!

    I did get a glimpse of him in the Nz series and he looked like a real quality prospect and will do wonders for SA in the future.

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    De kock good yo see him back yong man with iots of talent

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Good to see our SUNRISER getting another chance to prove his ability common DE KOCK

  • RAVINDRAS.202030 on March 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    good to see young DE KOCK back in the proteas squad he is gong to be future GILLY for south africa

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Thank god he is back in the Squad, finally sanity prevails and CSA is forced to acknowledge him. De Kock should open the batting instead of Smith, unfortunately what will happen is they will stick him down at 5 or even worse play david miller instead !!

  • Lloydster on March 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    yes good replacement, but he should be in the team anyway.Now for a few bowling changes please...

  • anuani on March 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    AArgh.. Faf will be missed by CSK.. but we still have Huss!

  • on March 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    It won't be the worst idea to open with dekock instead of smith. Smith can play a bit lower down the order.