Brisbane, Nov 9: South Africa will have to play the remainder of the first Test and the series against Australia without JP Duminy after the left-hander was ruled out of cricket for six months following an injury during a freak training mishap at the end of first day's play here at the Gabba on Friday.
Duminy ruptured his left Achilles tendon during warm-downs at the end of play. He had MRI scans at a Brisbane hospital later and it was confirmed that he needs surgery, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a media statement.
The injury occurred during a fitness training drill after the opening day at the Gabba with MRI scans confirming the injury.
Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object. The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.
"Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.
"We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to at least six months before the player can resume playing cricket.
"He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason."
Duminy will not feature in the rest of the match, with 12th man Francois du Plessis assuming the fielding duties. He will return back to South Africa as soon as possible with a replacement to be named in due course, CSA added.
South Africa, who ended the first day at 255/2 in 90 overs, will now have to play without one batsman. And Duminy's offspinners are likely to be missed as the Proteas did not pick specialist spinner Imran Tahir.