CAPE TOWN – The Proteas have been rocked by the news that left-hander JP Duminy has been ruled out of the upcoming limited-overs tour to Australia.
Duminy had an old shoulder injury worsen during the recent series against Zimbabwe, and now he will miss the trip Down Under.
Not only that, he will also not be able to play for the Cape Town Blitz in the newly established Mzansi Super League T20 tournament, which starts on November 16.
Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock will take over from Duminy as the marquee player for the Blitz.
“JP aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury during the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe,” Proteas team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The injury will require surgical management, thus ruling him out of the immediate tour of Australia and the upcoming MSL.
“At the moment, we can’t say how long he will be out for, that is dependent on the results from the surgery.”
South Africa will already be without another senior batsman in Hashim Amla, who has not yet recovered from a broken finger, for the three one-day internationals and a lone T20 international against Australia.
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson will announce the tour squad later this week.