BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel won’t take part in South Africa’s two Test series against New Zealand. Both players have been ruled out of the upcoming game because of their injuries. Nonetheless, hopes are high the Proteas will fare well in the New Zealand game series.
Faf du Pleddis will captain the South Africa national cricket team for the clash. And, with cricketers like Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris and Vernon Philander looking forward to the New Zealand game, Villiers’ absence might just be the game-changer.
De Villiers, before now, promised to take part in all international cricket game. The sweet batsman, however, sustained an elbow injury during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
He’s expected to heal in two months. Speaking, De Villiers said: “I’m naturally disappointed to miss the Test series against New Zealand.
…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 allow my elbow time to heal properly.”
Morne Morkel on the other end, sustained a spine injury. According to reports, he’s got a bulging disk in his back and will be out for a month and few weeks.
De Villiers’ Absence; A Loss For Proteas
Commenting, South Africa’s convener of selectors, Linda Zondi, said it’s unfortunate de Villiers and Morkel won’t play. But then, he asserted that the Proteas are blessed with layers that can take on New Zealand.
“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 captain.
Injuries are a reality that we have to deal with and with both Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander fit and firing again after respective long-term injuries, I am confident we have the players to take on New Zealand.”
Nevertheless, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said de Villiers’ absence is “a shame”. To Hesson, de Villiers is “a high quality player and an important leader for South Africa. So, that’s gonna be a loss for them,” he cautioned.
Above all, both de Villiers and Morkel are expected to be well and ready for the home ODI series against Australia come October.