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Morne Morkel ruled out of South Africa vs Bangladesh Tests due to side strain

Morne Morkel, who set up South Africa’s victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Potchefstroom with three quick wickets, did not bowl on the final day of the match and will miss the remainder of the Test series due to a side strain.

cricket Updated: Oct 02, 2017 18:46 IST
Reuters, Potchefstroom
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Morne Morkel sustained a side strain and was unable to bowl on the final day of the Potchefstroom Test against Bangladesh after taking three quick wickets on the fourth day.(AFP)

South Africa strike bowler Morne Morkel will take no further part in the two-match series against Bangladesh after suffering a side strain that will sideline him for six weeks, officials said on Monday. (SA ROUT BANGLADESH)

Cape Cobras fast bowler, Dane Paterson, has been added to the Proteas Test squad for the second Test against Bangladesh starting at Manguang Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Morne Morkel had taken two wickets in his first over at the start of Bangladesh’s second innings on the fourth day of the first test at Senwes Park on Sunday but subsequently hurt himself bowling and had to be taken off.

He joins a long list of South African test pacemen ruled out of the series through injury.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained Morkel’s injury:

“Morne complained of a sharp pain to his left side yesterday and immediately aborted his bowling spell. Subsequent scans this morning confirmed a Grade two tear to the left abdominal oblique muscle which rules him out of the remainder of the series. He will need a 4-6 week recovery period and will target a return for the T20 Global League in November.”

Chris Morris, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn are all expected to return for the three-Test series against India and four matches against Australia at home from January to March next year.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 15:19 IST