during a South African team training session at University Oval on March 6, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Johannesburg – Proteas fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been ruled out of the T20 Series against New Zealand with an ankle injury.

“Lonwabo complained of pain to his ankle yesterday during practice after bowling 10 balls,” Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Friday, just hours before the first match in Durban.

“He was sent for an MRI scan which revealed bony bruising of the talus bone at the back of his ankle joint.

“The medical committee feel it will be best if he doesn't take part in the current T20 series, recommending a two to three week rest period along with consultation with an ankle specialist.”

Cricket South Africa said the selectors would decide at a later stage if a replacement would be named for the remaining two games in the three-match series. – Sapa