Kagiso Rabada, the premier South African fast-bowler, has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Australia and the subsequent three-ODI tour of India due to groin strain injury. Rabada sustained the groin injury during the recently-concluded T20I series against Australia.
The injury also raised alarms in Delhi Capitals camp as Rabada is one of their premier weapons in the marquee tournament that kicks off on March 29. However, they will be a little relieved after the latest reports on Rabada’s injury. As per the latest reports the fast bolwer is set to miss the action for at least for four weeks from now.
“Kagiso (Rabada) sustained a groin muscle strain in the T20 series against Australia, he was assessed by the medical staff, assisted by an MRI scan. The significant injury means that he will take approximately four weeks to heal, which effectively rules him out of both the Australia and India ODI series,”Cricket South Africa Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra, said. “The CSA medical staff will ensure his effective and expeditious recovery.”
After losing the T20I series by 2-1, South Africa will play a three-match ODI series against the mighty Australian on their turf. The first match of the series will be played on 29 March at Boland Park, Paarl.
After the recent administration overhaul in CSA, they have name Quinton de Kock as their all format captain. They have also made a lot of changes in the squad for the ODI series. While recalling Temba Bavuma, who missed the T20I series due to hamstring, they have also recalled Keshav Maharaj to the ODI team after long time. However, two noticeable absentees are Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der dussen in the squad.
South Africa Squad for ODI series against Australia: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, JannemanMalan, Jon-Jon Smuts, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreynne.