Injury sees South Africa quick ruled out of Australia Test series

South Africa has been dealt a setback ahead of their next Test series against Australia, as bowler Glenton Stuurman has been ruled out due to injury. Stuurman suffered an abdominal muscle strain while playing in a four-day local event in South Africa over the weekend and is anticipated to be out for up to six weeks. While the 30-year-old has only played two Tests for his country, his departure depletes South Africa’s already deep fast bowling stocks, which include Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada.

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Stuurman has been replaced in the 16-man team by fellow pacer Lizaad Williams, a 29-year-old right-armer who has previously been in two Tests for South Africa. The series against Australia will be critical to both teams’ World Test Championship prospects, with the two-Test powerhouses presently occupying the top two slots in the standings and looking to reach next year’s final at The Oval.

Australia leads the rankings and may extend its advantage before the South Africa series by hosting the West Indies for two Test matches in early December.

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