Johannesburg, Sep 27: In a massive blow to South Africa, One Day International captain and star batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of action for nearly 8 weeks due to an injured elbow.
The 32-year-old right-hander will miss South Africa's home ODI series against Australia and the 3-Test tour Down Under. (De Villiers' autobiography book review)
De Villiers, one of the best batsmen in modern era, is set to undergo surgery on his left elbow early next week, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Tuesday (September 27). He failed a fitness test in Johannesburg today.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "AB de Villiers is still symptomatic and has not recovered from his elbow impingement injury which makes surgery the only long-term solution.
"We have tried the conservative management of rest, physio, rehab and cortisone infiltration into the elbow, but that has not yielded the results that we would have liked. He will have surgery to the elbow early next week and the target is to hopefully have him back for the Sri Lankan home series over the Christmas period (December)."
South Africa will host Australia in 5 ODIs starting this Friday (September 30). They will tour Australia in November to play 3 Tests including a day-night contest in Adelaide.