Lungi Ngidi ruled out of ODI series against Sri Lanka

The five-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka will kick-off on Saturday
The five-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka will kick-off on Saturday
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South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka with a left abdominal muscle wall injury.

The injury occurred while the 20-year-old was fielding during the third and decisive Twenty20 International game in Cape Town on Wednesday which Sri Lanka went on to win by five wickets.

A statement released by Cricket South Africa confirmed that Ngidi will need at least three to four weeks of rehabilitation period.

"It is a sensitive injury because the abdominal wall is highly loaded during the fast-bowling action so full recovery is important before he can resume bowling at 100 percent match intensity," South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

Ngidi had a sensational start to his international career after he ended up as joint leading wicket-taker along with Imran Tahir in the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka.

In the three matches, he ended up snaring six wickets at an economy of just 5.50 but now he will have to wait before making his debut in the 50-over format for the Proteas.

Sri Lanka will wrap up the ongoing tour of South Africa with a five-match ODI series which will be played between 28th January and 10th February.

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