Eng vs SA: Olivier is out of the Test series against England with torn hip-flexor muscle


Rohit Singh

Modified Aug 14, 2022 6:36 PM IST

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Duanne Olivier has been ruled out of South Africa’s three-Test series in England. As of a Grade 2 tear in his right hip flexor muscle. As he sustained the injury during the four-day tour match against England Lions. Which the South Africans lost by an innings and 56 runs. “Duanne presented with significant discomfort involving his right hip flexor muscle at the close of play on day three of the four-day tour match,” team doctor Hashendra Ramjee said. The doctor said, “After clinical assessment, he was referred for an MRI scan which revealed a grade 2 tear.

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“Due to the extent of the injury, he has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England and will return home where he will commence his rehabilitation with the Gauteng Central Lions medical team.” Olivier was the best of the South African quick bowlers in the tour game, sending down 13 overs for returns of 2 for 59. Even as the Lions put up 672 in their only outing with the bat. Olivier became the second South African seamer to suffer an injury on the tour. 

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Olivier’s absence is a huge blow for South Africa ahead of the first Test against England starting from August 17 at Lord’s. The visitors are fretting over the fitness of pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada. Who is in a race against time to recover from an ankle injury. Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje (who sat out of the tour match), Marco Jansen and Lutho Sipamla.

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They are also without regular vice-captain Temba Bavuma. Who did not make the tour after suffering on the tour of India earlier in the year. The ankle injury had kept Rabada out of the third T20I against England and the two-match T20I series against Ireland. South Africa are already without Test vice-captain and right-handed batter Temba Bavuma on this tour. Who is recovering from an elbow injury sustained while captaining South Africa in their T20I tour of India in June. At The Oval (from September 8).

Squad: Dean Elgar (capt), Marco Jansen, Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Khaya Zondo, Glenton Stuurman.