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De Lange withdrawn from SA A due to rib injury

Firdose Moonda

August 6, 2013

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Marchant de Lange took 4 for 46 on one-day debut, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Auckland, March 3, 2012
De Lange suffered a rib injury during the second unofficial Test against Australia A © Getty Images
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Pacer Marchant de Lange has been withdrawn from the South Africa A team after scans revealed that he had suffered a rib injury during the second unofficial Test against Australia A last week*. South Africa A are currently participating a tri-series against India A and Australia A.

The injury surfaced during South Africa A's second innings in the unofficial Test, forcing de Lange to leave the field after he had bowled just one over. In a press release issued by Cricket South Africa, Dr Shuaib Manjra, chairman of the CSA's medical committee, said: "We hope to have Marchant playing again within a few weeks." The board also clarified that the withdrawal was a precautionary measure taken in light of the stress fracture of the back that de Lange suffered a few months ago.

De Lange, who touches 150 kph, had impressed on debut against Sri Lanka in 2011 with figures of 7 for 81 in one innings, but has since been plagued by injury problems.

He had only just returned to the fold after being sidelined for 14 months, when he pulled out of South Africa's tour of England last June. His rehabilitation, originally planned for December, was pushed back to February as he had to change his bowling action to prevent a recurrence of injury.

This latest setback is likely to hamper De Lange's chances of staging a comeback to the national side, as South Africa have already beefed up their bowling stocks with the likes of Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris in their preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

*11.10GMT, August 6, 2013: This news story has been updated after details of Marchant de Lange's injury were made available

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (August 6, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Sad ..i think he can not play much cricket ,he is very good fast bowler...good luck

Posted by DylanBrah on (August 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Well done Shaun Marsh and Coulter-Nile!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

shaun marsh is a fantastic odi and t20 player but he needs to improve in first class cricket. nic maddinson should have opened the batting.

Posted by class9ryan on (August 6, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Quite injury-prone !!!! We already have examples of Ryan Harris and Zaheer Khan who have lost valuable time in their international career due to injuries. Merchant seems to be following the same way. He balls really fast, saw him touch 148 in 2 of matches he's played in the IPL.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (August 4, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Sad news about Marchant, a real talent who bowls with serious heat. Hopefully this turns out to not be too serious. Nice win for the A team, well done you guys!

Posted by Chris_P on (August 3, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

All I want for Christmas is that I never have the opportunity to see Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh & Maxwell in the same first class team ever again. Is that asking for too much? If that isn't cringe-worthy stuff I don't know what is.

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