Rib injury sidelines de Lange

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Fast bowler Marchant de Lange's participation in South Africa's 2013-14 season has been cast into doubt, after he was withdrawn from the A team's limited-overs series against their Australian and Indian counterparts due to a rib injury.

Fast bowler Marchant de Lange's participation in South Africa's 2013-14 season has been cast into doubt, after he was withdrawn from the A team's limited-overs series against their Australian and Indian counterparts due to a rib injury.

De Lange, who missed the bulk 2012's tour of England due a back injury, hurt his rib during a first-class fixture against Australia A in Rustenburg last week, bowling just one over in the second innings before leaving the field for treatment.

"CSA has expressed concern at the injury sustained by Marchant while playing for the SA A Team. This is in light of his previous stress fracture of the back which has robbed the Proteas of this talented bowler," read a press release from Cricket South Africa.

"As a precautionary measure he has been withdrawn from the team and subjected to a range of investigations. The scans reveal a rib injury for which he will be treated conservatively and under the care of a specialist."

The lanky de Lange clinched record figures of seven for 81 on Test debut against Sri Lanka in Durban in December 2011, but has since been plagued by injuries. Fellow right-armers Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris, meanwhile, have usurped him in the national pecking order.

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