The upcoming Test series between South Africa and New Zealand could have seen AB de Villiers putting on the whites for his side for the 107th time, but it looks a distant reality now as he has been ruled out of the series due to an elbow injury.
This will also be the first time when the current South Africa Test captain will miss a Test match due to injury since making his debut in the year 2004. In his 106 Test matches thus far, De Villiers has scored 8074 runs with an amazing average of 50.46.
In his absence, South Africa’s T20I captain Faf du Plessis will be leading the Test side against the kiwis.
A disappointed de Villiers while speaking to media said:
“I’m naturally disappointed to miss the Test series against New Zealand, particularly because I have not missed a Test match through injury since my debut in 2004.” “However, with an exciting summer of cricket ahead, it is obviously sensible to give my elbow time to heal properly. The Proteas finished last season on a positive note with a win against England in the last Sunfoil Test match, and I am confident that, with Faf at the helm, the team will build on this success,” he added.
South Africa are not only going to miss de Villiers’ services when they take on New Zealand in the Test series. Along with him, Morne Morkel too will be missing out due to a back problem. Morkel has not received any clearance yet from the medical team.
Linda Zondi, CSA’s Selection Convener, said:
“It is most unfortunate that we will not be able to call on two players of the quality and experience of De Villiers and Morkel. However, we are fortunate to have a capable stand-in leader in Faf du Plessis and other exciting options to select from,” he said.
Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl