South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the Boxing Day Test against England at Centurion with a hip injury.
Cricket South Africa hope he will be back to play the second Test in Cape Town and will nominate a replacement after this weekend.
The team’s chief medical officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra, said: “Temba Bavuma presented with clinical features of a left hip flexor strain. A scan done yesterday confirmed a Grade One strain of one of the hip flexor muscles. Temba will commence his rehabilitation program with a goal of returning to play in seven to 10 days’ time.”
The 29-year-old has played 39 Tests and made his first and still only century at the highest level on England’s last tour here in 2016. His absence will be a significant blow to an inexperienced South Africa squad that already contained six uncapped players.
The quick is gearing up to take on the West Indies next month.
The Somerset man has 34 wickets at just 29 apiece in his 10 Test appearances.
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The Kent batsman has won four Test caps.
The duo shared an unbroken stand of 131 before lunch on day three.