BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed from Cricket South Africa (CSA) that Proteas’ fast bowler, Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the Momentum ODI series against Sri Lanka.
As learnt, Lungi Ngidi was ruled out because of an abdominal muscle wall injury.
CSA related that he sustained the injury during the third KFC T20 International against Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on Tuesday. And, will need about 3 to 4 weeks to recover.
Speaking about the injury, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, Proteas team manager said:
“Lungi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding during the 3rd T20 international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Subsequent scans confirmed an abdominal muscle wall tear which will rule him out for 3-4 weeks.
It is a sensitive injury because the abdominal wall is highly loaded during the fast-bowling action so full recovery is important before he can resume bowling at 100% match intensity.”
Dr Moosajee added that Ngidi will go through a thorough rehab and treatment plan in order to get the best opportunity to return to full fitness.
Lungi Ngidi got his first call-up when the Proteas squad for the five-match Momentum ODI Series against Sri Lanka was selected.
Then, CSA selection convener, Linda Zondi remarked that Ngidi was being rewarded for his excellent form in the current KFC T20 International Series.
“…We are keen to see how he goes in the 50 overs format. He has not only impressed with the wickets he has taken and the skills he has displayed but with the energy and intensity he has brought to his game as well.
“The emergence of players such as Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kesh Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius show just how well our development pipeline and our franchise system is working,” Zondi added.