South Africa has suffered a huge setback as a side as captain AB de Villiers has been ruled out for the one day series at home followed by the tour to Australia in November. The star batsmen failed to recover from the injury as he missed the test series against New Zealand. He failed the fitness test as he did experience discomfort while playing some cricketing shots. South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said the medical staff tried their best but the persistent pain meant the issue was not resolved.
Moosajee said that De Villiers is set to undergo an operation on his elbow in the coming week and hopefully will return to the side for the Srilanka series at home in December. The loss is a big one for a side who has been on a lean run in both formats after disappointing last season that saw them fall to seventh place in test team rankings.The star batsman was named the test captain after Hashim Amla resigned citing personal issues. Faf du Plessis led in an admirable fashion as a stand-in captain against the New Zealand side at home in two test matches in the absence of De Villiers.
De Villiers has been in prime in both formats of the game and his loss would have a bearing on teams overall performance. Australia will lock horns against Proteas in the upcoming one day series with du Plessis being named as captain of the side for the series.
The replacement for De Villiers was named as Rilee Rossouw comes into the squad for the series against Australia. The first game will be played at Centurion.