South Africa's versatile batsman AB de Villiers is an injury doubt for the upcoming home series with Australia after he fractured his right hand while training with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Following the injury, he has been immediately ruled out of the remainder of the Champions League Twenty20 - in itself a blow for the Bangalore side - and is to return to South Africa for treatment.
It would be an even bigger blow for South Africa to lose him for the limited overs matches as in June, he was appointed as South Africa's new captain in Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals.
Should he not be fit enough to play, Hashim Amla will take over the reins.
"AB’s injury will be assessed by Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) team of hand specialists as soon as he returns home,” South Africa team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, said.
"This will give us an exact indication of the treatment and rehabilitation required and the length of time that he will be out of action.
"At this stage we can only make a call about his availability for the series against Australia once the specialists have assessed his injury."
De Villiers, who would be expected to feature in all three series, has to prove his fitness ahead of the opening Twenty20 International on 13th October.
The three-match One-Day International series gets underway on 19th October and the two-Test series starts on 9th November.
De Villiers has to date played 66 Tests, 114 ODIs and 33 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.
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