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Rilee Rossouw to return home from West Indies tri-series due to shoulder injury

Rilee Rossouw has scored 68 runs from the two games in the tri-series.
Rilee Rossouw has scored 68 runs from the two games in the tri-series.
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South African batsman Rilee Rossouw will return home from the ongoing tri-series in the West Indies due to a shoulder injury he picked on 7th June in the game against Australia in Guyana.

While fielding at backward point, Rossouw attempted to chase down a ball and put in a dive but fell on shoulder and suffered an injury as a result of which he had to be helped off the field.

South African team manager Mohammad Moosajee confirmed that Rossouw had dislocated his right shoulder and will be returning home to have his injury assessed by the panel of shoulder specialists at Cricket South Africa.

"Rilee fell awkwardly on his shoulder while fielding the ball on the boundary during the match against Australia last night," Moosajee said.

"He was immediately taken to the local hospital for X-rays which confirmed he had dislocated the AC joint of his right shoulder.

"He will be unable to take further part in this series and will return back to South Africa as soon as possible.

"The extent of the injury and the recovery period will only be known once he has been assessed and managed by one of Cricket South Africa's panel of shoulder specialists."

The South African selectors have picked left-handed batsman Dean Elgar to replace Rossouw in the squad for the tri-series.

Elgar, who has played a total of six One-Day Internationals between 2012 and 2015, scored 608 runs in the 2015-16 Sunfoil Series from just six games at an average of 50.66.

With their 47-run win against Australia in the tri-series, South Africa are currently leading the points table by virtue of a superior net run rate of +0.378.

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