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South Africa Batsman Duminy Ruptures Achilles in Training Drill

South Africa batsman JP Duminy faces surgery after rupturing his left Achilles tendon following the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia.

Duminy, 28, was injured during a warm-down drill after today’s play at the Gabba in Brisbane, Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

“At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. “He will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.”

Duminy may be sidelined for as long as six months, Moosajee said. He’ll return to South Africa as soon as possible with a replacement for the rest of the three-Test series to be named in due course, Cricket South Africa said.

Francois du Plessis, the Proteas’ 12th man, will replace Duminy in the field, but will not be able to bat when play resumes tomorrow with South Africa 255-2.

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