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Proteas captain Faf du Plessis ruled out for up to six weeks

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Proteas captain Faf du Plessis ruled out for up to six weeks

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis ruled out for up to six weeks

MICHAEL SHEEHAN

AFP

South Africa’s Test, ODI and T20 captain has been ruled out due to a lower back injury.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a lumbar disc injury in the third ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday.

The injury forced the captain to retire hurt with 10 overs of the innings still remaining in a game South Africa eventually went on to win by 200 runs.

On Tuesday, a Cricket South Africa statement confirmed that the captain will be out for up to six weeks.

Faf du Plessis : Lumbar Strain

According to South Africa’s team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee: 'Faf sustained an acute left lumbar (lower-back) strain while batting and immediately left the field in extreme discomfort.

'He will return back to Cape Town overnight for investigation and further management. He has been withdrawn from the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh starting in Bloemfontein on Thursday,' said Moosajee.

Du Plessis to be fit for Boxing Day Test

Cricket South Africa confirmed that Faf is expected to be fit for the four-day Test against Zimbabwe which starts on Boxing Day (December 26) in Port Elizabeth.

However, the 33-year-old batsman has been withdrawn from South Africa’s T20I series against Bangladesh starting on October 26, being this the only international action that the captain will miss.

JP Duminy will be the captain for this series, while Dwaine Pretorius will be Faf’s replacement in the three games.

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