South Africa vs Ireland: AB de Villiers misses ODI

AB de Villiers availability for the home series against Australia would be subject to him passing a fitness test.

By: Reuters | Cape Town | Updated: September 22, 2016 6:05 pm
AB de Villiers-m AB de Villiers missed the recent series win over New Zealand due to the injury. (Source: File)

South Africa captain AB de Villiers is to skip Sunday’s one-day international against Ireland to allow further recovery time from an elbow injury ahead of a five-match series against Australia.

His availability for the home series against Australia, which starts next week, would be subject to him passing a fitness test, Cricket South Africa said on Thursday.

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De Villiers missed the recent series win over New Zealand due to the injury, which was the first time he has been forced to sit out a test since his debut in 2004.

“AB has been on a rigorous rehabilitation and treatment plan for the last six weeks but is still complaining of pain in the elbow region,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.

“We hope that the extra time will allow the injury to respond to treatment.”

Faf du Plessis will captain the team in the one-off match against Ireland in Benoni, near Johannesburg, and Rilee Rossouw has been added to the squad as batting cover.