AB de Villiers expected to face Australia after hand surgery

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South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers will undergo hand surgery on Saturday (AEDT), but is expected to be fit for the upcoming series against Australia, a Cricket South Africa spokesman said on Friday.

De Villiers will have a plate in his hand removed after it started to cause him discomfort, in a delayed procedure announced a week ago.

The plate was inserted after he suffered a break in the Indian Premier League two years ago.

“The recovery period is usually three to four weeks and he should be ready in time for the series against Australia in February,” said South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

South Africa is resting key fast bowler Dale Steyn, who suffered a small fracture in his rib in last month’s test win over India in Durban, so that he can also be fit for the series.

South Africa will play three Tests and three Twenty20s against Australia, with the first Test starting in Pretoria on February 12.

Both teams are in good form with Australia coming off its 5-0 Ashes triumph and the Proteas winning a two-match series against India 1-0 last month.

Source: ABC – January 9, 2014

De Villiers to have hand surgery

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AB de Villiers, the South Africa Test wicketkeeper, will be out of action for up to a month as he recovers from hand surgery, but is expected to be fit in time for the series against Australia in February. He will likely play no part in the domestic 20-overs competition, which starts with a triple-header on January 5.

“AB fractured his left hand during the IPL in 2011 after which he had a plate inserted to assist with recovery. The plate has started to cause discomfort in his hand and will be surgically removed in the first week of January,” Mohammad Moosajee, the South African team manager, said. “The recovery period is usually three-four weeks and he should be ready in time for the series against Australia in February.”

South Africa do not have any international cricket scheduled for January because of the curtailed India series. As a result most of the national players will be available for the 20-overs tournament which runs until February 9. This season the tournament was due to have a much higher profile with several international signings including Chris Gayle and Saeed Ajmal.

After the competition, international fixtures resume. Australia tour the country for three Tests and three T20s, starting on February 12. That will be followed by the World Twenty20 before the winter break. Should de Villiers not be fit in time for the Australia series, South Africa will likely use reserve wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile in his place.

Source: ESPNCricInfo – December 31, 2013 | FIRDOSE MOONDA