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.
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