South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014

Tsotsobe out of Sri Lanka tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 10, 2014

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Lonwabo Tsotsobe celebrates dismissing Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele, July 28, 2013
Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been sidelined for up to three months owing to an ankle impingement syndrome © Associated Press
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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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Posted by GRJVPR on (April 12, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

@ stumpedlloyd: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/249193.html -only asian teams manage to draw tests there!

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by Greatest_Game 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!

Posted by stumpedlloyd 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.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

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

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by taone on (April 11, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

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

Posted by Kirstenfan on (April 11, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

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

Posted by Marktc 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by orangtan on (April 11, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Proteas' pace battery reduced to just Steyn. Philanderand Morkel shown to be ordinary by Aussies and Parnell etc are not Test calibre. Looks like they are in for a slide in fortunes

Posted by vallavarayar on (April 11, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

Steyn, Morkel, philander and Parnell are the ones to carry the seam attack for SA in all formats. Klein veldt and tsotsobe are below average bowlers.

Posted by Vaughanographic on (April 10, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Maybe he can learn to bowl a yorker in his time off?

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

He isn't an impact player, so his absence won't make much difference, SA are having good fast bowlers in Styen, Morkel bros,Parnell,McLaren, De Lange and Abbott

Posted by Robster1 on (April 10, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

Fitness and commitment issues for both SA and Essex does not bode well.....

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Thats the end of tsotsobe i am afraid.

Posted by sheru-sher on (April 10, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Why is South Africa going to Zimbabwe on tour? What will SA gain by beating the likes of that minnow team ?

Posted by Chn2 on (April 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Tsotsobe should en-cash this opportunity for goods with world cup is less than a year to go. A much fitter Tsotsobe will be better for SA in quest of their first WC.

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