Proteas name Faf’s replacement

2013-03-19 14:45

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named Quinton de Kock as the replacement for Faf du Plessis in the Proteas squad for the final two ODI matches against Pakistan.

The first match takes place at Kingsmead, Durban, on Thursday and the second at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

The Proteas currently lead the five-match series 2-1.

“Faf has been troubled by low back pain over the past while,” said Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

“He was recently diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine and a six-week rest period has been advised.”

“His symptoms have worsened over the past two weeks to the extent that it has become necessary to withdraw him from the current Momentum series immediately as well as the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to allow for rest and rehabilitation as well as a course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to further facilitate healing.

“Faf will participate in the later stages of the IPL in preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.”

CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said the injury would be a chance for De Kock to cement his place in the team.

“As disappointing as Faf’s injury is, it must be seen as an opportunity for Quinton. 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.”

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