South Africa have been forced to withdraw fast-bowler Marchant de Lange from their squad for the three Test matches against England. He sustained a lower back injury during the Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe last month and has not recovered as quickly as was originally hoped.
South Africa’s physio Brandon Jackson detailed the nature of the condition, saying, “Marchant has been diagnosed with a lower-back stress fracture and will require at least six weeks rest and rehabilitation. A bone scan was done after his lower-back pain worsened in the past week, showing inflammation in the bottom vertebrae of the spine."
De Lange, along with Lonwabo Tsotsobe, would have provided back-up for the Proteas’ regular pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel and has been replaced in the squad by all-rounder Albie Morkel, who is in the country playing for Somerset in the Friends Life t20, England’s domestic T20 competition.
National Convenor of Selectors Andrew Hudson called Albie Morkel an “ideal replacement...as he comes into the squad with knowledge and experience of UK conditions.”
Hudson added, “He has a good first-class record and his ability to swing the ball and to contribute with the bat lower down the order gave us the extra incentive to rope him in.”
South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile (wicket-keeper), Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
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