Johannesburg, Dec 21: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel will not bowl further in the first Test against India after he suffered an ankle injury while fielding on the third day Friday (December 20).
Morkel, fielding at the boundary, twisted his right ankle and limped off the ground just before lunch on Friday. He did not come out to bowl for the rest of the day.
South Africa's team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said Morkel had suffered a Grade 1 ankle sprain and will not bowl in this Test and is also doubtful for the second and final Test starting on December 26 in Durban.
Dr Moosajee explained: "Morne landed awkwardly on his right ankle while fielding this afternoon. Clinical examination and a subsequent MRI scan confirmed a Grade 1 ankle sprain. The recovery period is usually 7-10 days and he is doubtful for the second test starting in Durban in less than a weeks time."
Morkel will bat in South Africa's second innings if absolutely necessary, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said.
Morkel took three wickets in the first innings. He bowled just two overs in the second innings before getting injured.
India were in command on the third day after finishing at 284/2. Cheteshwar Pujara hit a century and the visitors took a 320-run lead.