South Africa’s JP Duminy has been ruled out of the upcoming tour to Australia due to a shoulder injury. Cricket South Africa (CSA) made a formal announcement on 16th October that the middle-order batsman will undergo surgery and will also miss the inaugural Mzansi Super League that will begin from 16th November.
JP Duminy sustained the injury during the T20I series against Zimbabwe. The injury on his right shoulder will require surgery that effectively rules him out of the upcoming Australian tour and then Mzansi Super League. South African Team Manager, Dr. Mohammad Moosajee said that Duminy will need to undergo surgery and only then they will be able to how much time it will for him to regain full fitness.
Duminy has been an important member of the one-day squad for South Africa over the last five years. He decided to quit Test cricket in order to prolong his limited-overs career for South Africa. He has played 192 one-day internationals for South Africa and scored 5016 runs at an average of 37.15 with four centuries to his name. Though he has struggled to consistently produce runs in limited overs cricket and is averaging 28.86 with the bat since January 2017.
Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will replace JP Duminy as the marquee player for Cape Town Blitz that is one of the franchises to participate in South Africa’s Mzansi Super League.
South Africa will be missing their premier batsman Hashim Amla, who has sidelined from Australian series due to a finger injury. He also did not take part in the home series against Zimbabwe. South Africa is scheduled to play a warm-up game at Canberra before the three-match one-day series. The conclusion of one-day series will be followed by a one-off T20 game that will be played at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast.
The inaugural Mzansi Super League is scheduled to be played from 16th November till 16th December with six teams fighting it out for the ultimate prize.