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South Africa's De Lange out of England tour

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Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 15:48 [IST]
 
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Paceman De Lange out of England tour

Bangalore, Jul 14: South Africa were dealt with another injury blow on their tour of England when paceman Marchant de Lange was ruled out of the tour on Friday due to a lower back stress fracture.

Young Proteas speedster, Marchant de Lange has been forced to withdraw from the current tour of the UK due to a lower back stress fracture. De Lange will return home as soon as possible, and will be replaced by all-rounder, Albie Morkel, a report on Cricket South Africa (CSA) website said.

"Marchant has been diagnosed with a lower-back stress fracture and will require at least six weeks rest and rehabilitation," said Brandon Jackson, Proteas physiotherapist, in that report.

"A bone scan was done after his lower-back pain worsened in the past week, showing inflammation in the bottom vertebrae of the spine."

National Convenor of Selectors, Andrew Hudson said: "Albie (Morkel) is the ideal replacement for Marchant as he comes into the squad with invaluable knowledge and experience of the UK conditions.

"He has a good first-class record and his ability to swing the ball and to contribute with the bat lower down the order gave us the extra incentive to rope him in."

Morkel recently played for Somerset County Cricket Club in the local Twenty20 competition and joined the squad on Friday.

South Africa are already without Mark Boucher. He was hit on his eyeball by a bail during the team's warm-up game against Somerset. He had to undergo surgery and retired from international cricket on Tuesday.

South Africa and England will play three Tests, five One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. The first Test starts on July 19.

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