Bavuma ruled out of SL tour with thumb fracture | Daily News

Bavuma ruled out of SL tour with thumb fracture

Temba Bavuma   Pic courtesy SLC
Temba Bavuma Pic courtesy SLC

South Africa will be without their regular Captain Temba Bavuma for the remainder of the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka after a freak accident in the One Day International (ODI) series opener led to a right thumb fracture.

Keshav Maharaj will take over his role as Captain for the remaining two ODIs while a captain for the subsequent three-match T20I series is yet to be named by the selection panel.

The incident took place on Thursday when Bavuma copped a direct blow to his thumb during the 26th over of play.

He was attempting to avoid a fielder's throw-in and was struck on the right thumb. Bavuma subsequently retired hurt two overs later due to ‘persistent discomfort’, said Cricket South Africa (CSA) statement.

Further scans on Bavuma's thumb 'indicated a fracture' and the 31-year-old was advised to fly back home as soon as possible to consult a specialist.

"The timeline for his return to action will be determined post doctor consultations", CSA added. (Agencies)

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