Wiaan Mulder and JP Duminy ruled out of the action for three months
Hashim Amla is recovering well and is expected to play in the upcoming MSL T20.
Updated - Oct 23, 2018 6:45 pm
South Africa were in for a shock as two of their players – Wiaan Mulder and JP Duminy – were ruled out for three months and it happened ahead of the upcoming home series against Pakistan. The Proteas are also scheduled to tour Australia besides hosting Sri Lanka and also have their inaugural T20 tournament – Mzansi Super League coming up in November-December.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the news about the two players’ injury on Twitter on Tuesday. While 20-year-old Mulder is currently recovering from an ankle surgery after sustaining an injury during the recent T20I series against Zimbabwe, Duminy had a shoulder operation last week and is recuperating from it.
South Africa’s busy cricket schedule
South Africa will travel to Australia this week to play three ODIs and a T20I and then they host Pakistan for a full-fledged series featuring three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is between November and February. The duo is, however, expected to be fit for Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa which is scheduled after the Pakistan series gets over, South Africa’s Sport24 website informed. The series includes two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is.
Another prominent South African batsman Hashim Amla is also recovering from a finger injury and is expected to participate in the MSL T20 league. While Mulder has played just seven ODIs for South Africa after making his international debut last year, scoring 57 runs and taking seven wickets, the Proteas will be missing Duminy more.
The 34-year-old batting all-rounder has represented South Africa in 46 Tests, 192 ODIs and 78 T20Is since making his debut in 2004 and has scored almost 9,000 international runs and taken 130 wickets. He has scored 10 international hundreds so far and is a prolific hitter of the ball in the T20 format. The Proteas will miss him despite not having fruitful outings in the last couple of series.