South Africa batter Rassie van der Dussen has been ruled out of the Test series against England. The middle-order batsman sustained a fracture to his left index finger on Saturday.
The injury happened on the first day (August 25) of the second Test while fielding at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Rassie van der Dussen to miss the third Test against England
Van der Dussen will be looked at by a medical expert to decide the seriousness of his injury and accordingly set the course of action.
The Lions batter amassed 76 runs in four innings at an average of 25.33 with the highest score of 41 in his latest innings in Manchester. He was involved in a mission to resurrect the Proteas innings with Keegan Petersen but was dismissed by Ben Stokes just after the tea break.
Van der Dussen’s dismissal paved the way for the visitors’ collapse in the game. South Africa were bowled out for 179 with Ollie Robinson (4/43) and James Anderson (3/30) doing the damage.
Wiaan Mulder to replace Rassie van der Dussen
South Africa skipper Dean Elgar confirmed that van der Dussen was ruled out of the series-decider Test at The Oval.
“From what I heard Rassie got a fracture in his finger, I am not a medical expert but he is ruled out of the series,” Elgar said in the post-match interview with the official broadcaster.
Van der Dussen’s Lions teammate and bowling all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, who has played 10 Tests for the Proteas and picked 18 scalps, will replace the 33-year-old in the third Test.
England skipper Ben Stokes was awarded Player of the Match for a terrific all-round display in the Manchester Test. He picked collective figures of 4/47 to support his frontline seam attack.
Stokes notched up his 12th Test ton in a tumultuous approach to post a humongous lead of 264 runs. His 103, included six fours and three big sixes before he was dismissed to Kagiso Rabada.
The final Test between England and South Africa will start on September 8 at The Oval in London.