South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 April 10, 2014

Tsotsobe out of Sri Lanka tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the South Africa left-arm seamer, has been ruled out of the tour to Sri Lanka in July to facilitate his recovery from ankle surgery scheduled on April 16. He will be sidelined for up to three months.

South Africa's team manager and doctor Mohammad Moosajee said Tsotsobe had been struggling for some time and a gap in the calender had finally emerged for treatment.

"Lonwabo has been suffering from this ankle problem for the last year and a half," Moosajee said. "This is the first gap we have had which minimises his time out of the game. It's a fairly common injury among fast bowlers and will be conducted by a renowned ankle specialist in Pretoria.

"The recovery time is quite extensive so Lonwabo will probably be unavailable for selection for the tour to Sri Lanka. But we will be working hard to have him ready for the tour to Zimbabwe in August."

His right ankle posterior talar impingement syndrome had made him miss the T20 series against New Zealand in December 2012 and has been a problem since.

He had not been part of the squad bound for Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series last July, but was drafted into the XI despite a recurrence of the injury. Apart from one match-winning 4 for 22, he was largely unimpressive and attracted criticism from the coach Russell Domingo regarding his fitness and commitment.

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  • Gurunath on April 12, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @ stumpedlloyd: -only asian teams manage to draw tests there!

  • Prashan on April 12, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    @stumpedlloyd, I fully agree with you. But I have a gut feeling that there might be a last moment venue change to P Sara. In both our last 2 home tests series, which were against NZ and Bangladesh which were 2 test series, SSC was not used. So hope either P Sara or RPS in Colombo will be used instead.

  • David on April 11, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    There was a period from 2011 to 2012 when Lonwabo's ODI ave stayed at or below 19, & he was the #1 ranked ODI bowler. Then he lost form, and the ability to take breakthrough wickets. He has been out of form for so long he should have just had the surgery 18 months (or more) ago. Then SA would not have been saddled with his mainly rubbish bowling with 1 or 2 good spells. Hopefully a healed ankle will allow him to exercise, lose weight, get fit, learn to field & regain his best bowling form.

    Was his loss of form from this ankle injury? If so, was he pressured to stay in the team, instead of having surgery, because he kept the quota up? That's a rich irony, and one that he really did not deserve. Only we Saffas could concoct such a bizarre circumstance!

  • SR on April 11, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Doesn't really matter because the only test venue where there will be a result is Galle. The SSC wicket is a joke. The ICC shouldn't allow tests there. The ground only exists for Mahela Jayawardene to up his batting average. What exactly is the point of having a test where one side will score 550 for 5 decl., and the other will score 500 for 7, and perhaps we will get a third innings in of, say, 250 for 3. Play at the Sara Stadium or up country somewhere.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Wont make a difference. Pitches will be flat as always.

  • Prashan on April 11, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    South Africa is my 2nd favorite team after Sri Lanka. SA have the best record for a test team when it comes to their overseas record as we all know since July 2006, when Mahela and Sanga posted the 624 run stand and won the tests 2-0, SA have not lost a single away test series since then. However, Sri Lanka has surprisingly been their worse away destination as they have only beaten us in 2 ODIs in SL going back from 1993 till 2013 and lost 3 out of the last 4 tests in SL too. Well SL dont have Murali this time but my feeling still is that tests could be 1-0 in SL's favor. Last year ODI result was 4-1 SL. Why I say SL are favorites because Amla has a test batting average of less than 40 against SL which is not good for a batsman of his callibre. I feel ODIs could be 2-1 either way. I know this will be tough for us but we must target to end SA's unbroken away test record. It is not right to say that SA are weak against spin as they have done well against India in India.

  • tawanda on April 11, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    confidence and grooming of young talent .its IMPORTANT to tour Zim

  • Jurie on April 11, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    I shudder to think how much weight and unfitness he'll develop after 3 months!

  • Mark on April 11, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Tsotsobe was good a while back, but is really out of form, so this is no loss. There are enough up and coming speedsters to back up the current pack, so our bowling stocks are looking good.

  • Android on April 11, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Tahir needs to be brought in to test team, Sri Lanka is gonna offer turning pitches and he can offer turn. Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tahir is one scary bowling line up

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