• Proteas suffer big injury blow

    JP Duminy has been ruled out of South Africa’s crunch game against the West Indies on Friday with a hamstring injury.

    Duminy sustained the injury while fielding in South Africa’s 37-run win over Afghanistan on Sunday. He left the field and didn’t return, leaving Faf du Plessis with only five bowlers at his disposal for the rest of the match.

    ‘Brandon Jackson, our physiotherapist, has a big task on his hands trying to get JP fit for the final group match against Sri Lanka,’┬áProteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee told Netwerk24.

    ‘Players react differently to treatment. Sometimes a hamstring injury can take two weeks to recover. We are doing our best to get JP back to full fitness as soon as possible.’

    Duminy is one of South Africa’s most valuable T20 players and his ability with the ball, where he is used as a second spinner and sixth bowler, gives the side balance.

    ‘According to the tournament rules we are only allowed to replace a player if he withdraws from the competition,’ Moosajee said.

    ‘JP can definitely be considered for selection at a later stage, so we are not contemplating that scenario at the moment.’

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