Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s front line pacer will play no part in upcoming three-match ODI series against England owing to an injury. Rabada suffered a right adductor strain and was ruled out of the last T20 match at Newlands for the same reason.
A media release from the Cricket South African revealed that Kagiso Rabada will require about three weeks to heal. “The player will be released from the squad and Bio-Secure Environment tomorrow to begin recovery, rehabilitation and preparation for the Betway Test series against Sri Lanka beginning on 26 December,” the release stated.
Kagiso Rabada’s absence will be a huge blow to the Proteas who are already struggling to find any sort of momentum going. Quinton De Kock led South African team suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss to England in the T20 series.With Rabada out of the squad, it will only make the job tougher for South Africa.
Kagiso Rabada had been in lethal form coming into the T20 series, picking up 30 wickets for Delhi Capitals in the recently concluded Indian Premier League and claimed the Purple Cap. He played a part in all 17 games for the Delhi side this season, that lost in the final to Mumbai Indians.
Kagiso Rabada injury a major blow for Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock, limited overs format captain of the Proteas has found it extremely difficult to find a balance in his squad. Things only get worse for De Kock after the absence of his ace bowler. It will be interesting to see the bowling lineup, Quniton De Kock decides to go in with. Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje are likely to feature in the playing 11.
Beuran Hendricks was taken for plenty of runs in the first T20 match against England, but is likely to feature in the first ODI because of the variety he adds to the bowling department, by virtue of him being a left armer. The first ODI will be played at Cape Town on December 4 with subsequent matches on the sixth and ninth of December.