As if they hadn’t had enough misery through injuries, South Africa were dealt another blow on Monday (February 5) with Quinton de Kock, the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman, being ruled out of the remaining One-Day Internationals and the three-match Twenty20 International series against India with a left wrist injury.
De Kock, who has not been in great form with the bat either in the three-Test series or in the first two ODIs, sustained the injury during the nine-wicket drubbing in the second ODI in Centurion on Sunday. He joins AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, the skipper, on the sidelines, both batsmen nursing finger injuries. While de Villiers is expected to return for the fourth ODI in Johannesburg on February 10, du Plessis was ruled out of the ODI and the T20I series after making a century in a losing cause in the first game in Durban on February 1.
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager, said of the injury: “Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI on Sunday and felt severe pain and discomfort. Further investigation revealed severe bony bruising to the area, with associated swelling around the tendon in the wrist.
“This type of injury will require between 2-4 weeks to heal, which subsequently rules him out of the remainder of the ODI and T20I series against India. The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month.”
The selectors have decided not to name a replacement, which more or less formalises an international debut for Heinrich Klaasen, the 26-year-old from Titans. Klaasen averages 35.36 in 42 List A games at a strike-rate of 90.11.
De Kock, who has historically relished taking on the Indians, has had a miserable time this time around. He made just 71 runs in six Test innings with a highest of 43, and followed it up with scores of 34 and 20 in the two ODIs without ever looking his fluent self.