De Villiers suffers fresh setback

19 February 2018 00:16:50 GMTPlus11

South Africa are hopeful that star batsman AB de Villiers will recover from a knee injury in time for the start of the upcoming four-Test series against Australia.

The 34-year-old right-hander, who has struggled with injuries in the past couple of years, sustained a blow to his left knee ahead of the recent fifth ODI against India, but managed to feature both in that game and the series finale at Centurion.

However, the problem has now worsened meaning that will sit out the T20 action against India in a bid to recover fully in the next couple of weeks, with the first Test of four against the touring Baggy Greens starting on March 1st at Kingsmead in Durban.

A statement from Cricket South Africa confirmed: "AB de Villiers will not be able to take part in the T20 International series against India due to a left knee injury.

"He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI and, although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match.

"The Cricket South Africa medical team has advised he is given a period of rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery ahead of the four-match series against Australia starting next month."

Meanwhile, the Proteas are available at 8.00 to win the 2019 World Cup in England and are 7.00 to triumph at the 2020 ICC World Twenty20.

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