Faf du Plessis is carried off the field by David Miller at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won’t play any cricket for up to six weeks following his back injury sustained while batting against Bangladesh.

Du Plessis, who was on 91 not out, suddenly pulled up while running between the wickets in the third one-day international against Bangladesh at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.

He was initially treated on the field, but then had to be carried off on the back of teammate David Miller.

Du Plessis went to hospital for scans, and was kept overnight.

Now Cricket South Africa announced on Tuesday afternoon that Du Plessis has picked up a lower back injury that will rule him out for “up to six weeks”.

This means that he will miss the T20 series against Bangladesh, as well as most of the CSA T20 Challenge that will start in November.

“Faf consulted with our team of specialists in Cape Town on Monday. Further investigations and assessment have confirmed an acute lumbar disc injury,” Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

“He will require a period of rest and rehabilitation for the next six weeks. We anticipate him to be ready for the Test match against Zimbabwe in December.”


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