Proteas lose Gerald Coetzee for new year’s Test at Newlands

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Proteas fast bowler Gerald Coetzee has been sidelined by injury.

Coetzee will not be available for next week’s second Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town.

“Proteas and Titans fast bowler Gerald Coetzee will miss the second Test against India after developing pelvic inflammation during the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion,” read a statement from Cricket South Africa.

“The 23-year-old experienced discomfort in his pelvis, which got progressively worse while bowling on day three of the match. He underwent scans on Friday which revealed the extent of the injury.

“Head coach Shukri Conrad has opted to release Coetzee from the squad as a precautionary measure. No replacement has been named.”

Coetzee was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker at the Cricket World Cup earlier this year. He was acquired by the Mumbai Indians for approximately R11 million at the Indian Premier League player auction recently.

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Bavuma out, too

The Proteas will also be without captain Temba Bavuma for the second Test. He has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and replaced by batsman Zubayr Hamza in the squad.

Hamza has not played international cricket since February 2022. He returned to professional cricket late last year after serving a nine-month suspension for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-doping rules.

Hamza has struck first-class centuries for the Lions and South Africa A this month.

The Proteas won the first Test by an innings and 32 runs inside three days in Centurion. The series decider will start on 3 January 2024.

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