Key bowler Kagiso Rabada’s ankle injury has forced him out of the Proteas’ upcoming tour of Ireland, dealing a blow to South Africa ahead of a crucial World Test Championship time.
Rabada, who was forced to withdraw from the T20I series against Ireland due to injury, will spend important hours following from behind the boundary rope before the World Test Championship and a T20 World Cup.
The first Twenty20 International match between Ireland and South Africa is set to begin on August 3 at Bristol’s County Ground. It is interesting to note that neither the Proteas nor the Irish team will host this series. The white-ball specialists will remain in England for a few more days since the South African cricket squad is currently there, and Ireland will arrive there soon for a few Twenty20 Internationals.
The home team shocked the Proteas by winning the opening ODI when South Africa visited Ireland for an ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series last year. But in that series, South Africa made a comeback. With two overwhelming victories against the Ireland cricket team, the Proteas would be anxious to maintain their strong performance in the game’s shortest format.
Cricket South Africa confirmed the loss of Kagiso Rabada:
Kagiso Rabada, a fast bowler for the Proteas, will not play in the two T20I games in Bristol against Ireland.
This comes after the Proteas medical staff examined his left medial ankle injury. The Proteas medical staff advised the fast bowler to skip the Ireland series. He is now starting medical management and rehabilitation, and his development will be watched in front of South Africa’s three Test matches against England later this month.
Kagiso Rabada will come back for the Test matches at this point as South Africa makes a last-ditch effort to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
The two T20Is against Ireland on neutral English soil provide a crucial warm-up before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, which starts in October. The Proteas are now in first place in the WTC standings with 71.43 per cent of the points overall.
The first T20I against Ireland is on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. SA time), with the second on Friday at the same stadium.
South Africa T20I squad: David Miller (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen.