AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel ruled out of NZ Test seriesFaf du Plessis, South Africa’s Twenty20 International (T20I) captain, will lead the team for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand in place of an injured AB de Villiers, Cricket South Africa announced on Tuesday (August 2). De Villiers has been ruled out for six to eight weeks by CSA’s medical team due to an elbow injury sustained in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2016.

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AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel ruled out of NZ Test series
AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel ruled out of NZ Test series

Morkel, who also played in the CPL, has a bulging disk in his back and will be sidelined for four to six weeks. South Africa are hopeful of having both players fit for the start of the home ODI series against Australia in October. He is the second player who will sit this one out.

“I’m naturally disappointed to miss the Test series against New Zealand, particularly because I have not missed a Test match through injury since my debut in 2004,” a disappointed de Villiers said. “However, with an exciting summer of cricket ahead, it is obviously sensible to give my elbow time to heal properly. The Proteas finished last season on a positive note with a win against England in the last Sunfoil Test match, and I am confident that, with Faf at the helm, the team will build on this success,” he added.

“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 leader in Faf du Plessis and other exciting options to select from,” said CSA Selection Convener, Linda Zondi.