In a big blow to South Africa’s preparations before the start of the first Test against England, middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the encounter due to an injury. Scans revealed that Bavuma has picked up a Grade 1 hip flexor muscle strain.
The 29-year-old batsman will stay with the squad and begin his rehabilitation progamme with the South African medical team.
"A decision on a possible replacement will be made at the conclusion of the South Africa A and CSA Franchise Four-Day matches that are taking place this weekend," a CSA statement said.
Bavuma, who has appeared in 39 Tests for the Proteas is one of the more experienced players in the current squad, which has six uncapped players.
This will be the first series where South African team will play with a revamped coaching staff. Recently Graeme Smith took over as the Director of Cricket of CSA, and since then Mark Boucher has been made the head coach, while Jacques Kallis and Charl Langeveldt have taken over as batting and bowling consultants.