Boje to be out of action for 3 months

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Cape Town: South African all-rounder Nicky Boje, who underwent surgery to the bicep he had injured while on tour in the West Indies, will be out of action for three months and will utilise that time to gear up for the tour to Zimbabwe.

Boje, who played an integral part in the South African victory lead of 2-0 over the Windies, plans to return with a bang for the tour to Zimbabwe in September. He said he was sad to have missed the final game that started on Thursday in Jamaica and that he was confident that his teammates would win this one too, to clinch the series at 3-0.

"The boys are confident, on a winning curve, and I'll be holding thumbs for them. I've already sent Paul Adams, who has taken my place in the Windies, my best wishes for a successful match," Boje told the daily 'Citizen'. He said stories that Adams is "over the hill" or "has been sorted out" are nonsense.

"Make no mistake, Paul is a marvelous bowler. Sure he's been off his game lately, but he's the sort of guy who comes good when he's needed most," Boje said. Adams has been brought back into the national squad after a long absence.

"It's purely a matter of overuse," Boje said, referring to his injury. "The tendon which attaches my upper arm muscle to my shoulder needs binding and the surgery will hopefully correct the problem."

But that is not the only problem the left-arm spinner has. "I'm also troubled by tendonitis in one of my kneecaps and I'll be seeing an orthopedic surgeon when my arm trouble has stabilised," Boje said.

For now, Boje is looking forward to the rest and getting ready for another feat to help South Africa defeat arch-rivals Australia in the six-match home and away series towards the end of the year.

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