Parnell sidelined with 'irregular heartbeat'

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South Africa fast bowler Wayne Parnell has been ruled out for at least two weeks after he suffered from an 'irregular heartbeat' while playing for South Africa A against India A this week.

South Africa fast bowler Wayne Parnell has been ruled out for at least two weeks after he suffered from an 'irregular heartbeat' while playing for South Africa A against India A this week.

Parnell had to leave the field after bowling two overs and was taken to hospital, where he was kept for two days and had a number of tests conducted on his heart.

South Africa manager and medical expert Dr Mohammed Moosajee told <i>Cricinfo</i>: "Wayne had some discomfort in the chest and he was found to have had an irregular heartbeat.

"At the moment, the tests have found that he has settled down and now it's just about discovering what's wrong."

Parnell either suffers from pericarditis or myocarditis, said Dr Moosajee, neither of which would rule him out of the game long term. Both are a result of a viral infection and are inflammations of the heart area.

Depending on which ailment it is, Parnell will be out for between two and six weeks, with the latter option proving a setback ahead of the tour to the UAE to face Pakistan in October.

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