Morne Morkel reacts during a previous Test match. Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

POTCHEFSTROOM - South Africa strike bowler Morne Morkel will take no further part in the two-match series against Bangladesh after suffering a side strain that will sideline him for six weeks, officials said on Monday.

Morkel had taken two wickets in his first over at the start of Bangladesh's second innings on the fourth day of the first test at Senwes Park on Sunday, but subsequently hurt himself bowling and had to be taken off.

He joins a long list of South African test pacemen ruled out of the series through injury.

Chris Morris, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn are all expected to return for the three-test series against India and four matches against Australia at home from January to March next year.

Morkel returned to action earlier this year after several months on the sidelines with debilitating back injury, which almosts forced him to retire.

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