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Faf du Plessis to miss first Test against England at Lord's

Faf du Plessis is expected to arrive in England later this week
Faf du Plessis is expected to arrive in England later this week
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Cricket South Africa on Monday has confirmed that skipper Faf du Plessis will miss the upcoming first Test against England at Lord's to remain with his wife following the difficult birth of their first child.

Du Plessis, who missed the Twenty20 International series and the tour game against England Lions as well was with his wife Imari back home and was a doubtful starter for the Lord's Test.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the news on du Plessis in a statement released by the board.

"Faf's wife gave birth to their first child last week but the difficult nature of the delivery has delayed his return to the UK," said Mosajee.

"The mother and baby have settled at home, but he will be unable to make it back in time to take part in the first test. He will link up with the squad in the UK later this week."

Dean Elgar, who captained the side in the warm-up game against Lions will lead the Proteas in the first Test while Theunis de Bruyn is likely to resume his career after making a solitary appearance in March against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Vernon Philander, who missed out on the Lions game with an ankle injury has been cleared to play the first Test.

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