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Injury-cursed Proteas Skipper Du Plessis Faces Extended Spell on the Sidelines

AFP |August 11, 2018, 1:09 PM IST
Injury-cursed Proteas Skipper Du Plessis Faces Extended Spell on the Sidelines

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis revealed on Friday that he is likely to be out of action for an extended period after suffering his third injury blow in less than a year.

Du Plessis returned early from the tour of Sri Lanka after injuring his right shoulder while diving in the field.

He said on arrival in Cape Town that although he would not need surgery, he would probably miss the one-day series against Zimbabwe starting on September 30 because of a long-term goal of being ready for an extended campaign which will culminate in the World Cup in England in May and June next year.

"It is just a small tear," the 34-year-old said of what was diagnosed as a rotator cuff injury.

"But luckily there is no cricket for the next seven weeks. It's important to make sure the shoulder gets very, very strong with all the cricket that's coming up.

"Playing against Zimbabwe would be nice but the biggest priority, even it's another two or three weeks, is to make sure I don’t come back too early."

Du Plessis had surgery on the same shoulder late last year.

He admitted he had come back too early because he wanted to be part of a Test series against India in January.

"It was a big series so I probably came back too soon but luckily I got through that."

He led South Africa to victory in the Tests but was then out of action again after breaking a finger in the first one-day international against India.

Du Plessis said that although South Africa had been beaten in the Tests in Sri Lanka he was encouraged by the way the side had played in one-day games, winning the first three matches to clinch the series.

"The guys are playing an exciting brand of cricket –- fearless cricket," he said.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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