Brisbane - South African batsman and occasional
bowler JP Duminy was injured in the warm-down after the first day of
the first Test against Australia on Friday in a major blow
to the tourists after they dropped their specialist spinner.
It has been confirmed that Duminy has ruptured an Achilles tendon and could be out for three to six months.
South Africa will be forced to play the rest of the first Test at the Gabba with only 10 batsmen, because Duminy was injured during the Test.
Duminy, who was expected to support a four-pronged pace attack with his
off spin, hurt his left ankle in a fall while running on the pitch and
had to be helped off before being taken to hospital for a scan.
The South Africans, who finished an otherwise excellent day at the Gabba
on 255 for two, left leg spinner Imran Tahir out of the team for the
test and instead handed a debut to seamer Rory Kleinveldt.
Batsman Alviro Petersen conceded that Duminy's bowling had been a factor in dropping Tahir and going with Kleinveldt.
"We felt that Rory was going to offer us some more on that wicket, it wasn't as hard as we thought," he told reporters.
"We felt that Australia has got so many left-handers that JP could play
a big role for us with the ball, if needed. And that was the reason why
we have probably gone with Rory."
Duminy, who played a major
role in South Africa's first ever series win in Australia four years
ago, was scheduled to bat at number seven.
"Hopefully he'll be fine," Petersen added.