Due to his injury, he is ruled out for the Boxing Day Test between South Africa and England.
England and South Africa will face each other in a four-match Test series with the first match beginning on December 26, otherwise known as Boxing Day. Given the recent changes made within Cricket South Africa, it’s exciting to see how the two teams will stack up against one another. It will also be Mark Boucher’s first match as South Africa’s coach.
As for England, they are coming off of a relatively good performance from the 2019 Ashes that ended in a draw. They also came close to beating New Zealand in their two-Test series. Despite losing the series 1-0, they put up a tough fight against the second-ranked Test team.
What people will look out for is how Graeme Smith, former captain and new interim CEO for South Africa, has selected the members for the Test team.
Just recently, bowler Lungi Ngidi was announced that he will not be able to play for a long time - including the Boxing Day Test - after suffering a ‘significant Grade 1 hamstring muscle tear’.
‘Lungi Ngidi sustained an acute hamstring muscle injury during the warm-up prior to the MSL T20 play-off on Friday. Scans done on Saturday showed a significant Grade 1 tear of his hamstring muscle and therefore he has been ruled out of the MSL T20 final’, said Shuaib Manjra, Cricket South Africa’s chief medical officer.
‘He will commence his rehab and return to play program with the aim of getting him fit to play for the Titans in January 2020 and based on his progress, a decision will be made regarding his availability for selection for the Proteas team’.
South Africa and England will, as mentioned, face each other on a Boxing Day Test match. South Africa has odds of +104 while England has odds of -123.46. To find out more about England’s and/or South Africa’s upcoming matches, visit Betwala’s page.
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