Proteas in England

De Lange replaced by Morkel

2012-07-13 16:36
Marchant de Lange (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Fast bowler Marchant de Lange will be sent home early from South Africa's tour of England due to a lower back stress fracture.

Cricket SA said in a statement on Friday that De Lange would return home "as soon as possible" and would be replaced by all-rounder Albie Morkel in the 15-man Test squad.

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

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

Morkel, 31, played his only Test for the Proteas in March 2009 against Australia in Cape Town.

"Albie is the ideal replacement for Marchant as he comes into the squad with invaluable knowledge and experience of the UK conditions," said convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson.

"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, who recently played for Somerset County Cricket Club in the English domestic T20 competition, would join up with the squad on Friday, according to CSA.

The Proteas lost veteran wicketkeeper Mark Boucher earlier this week.

Boucher, who called an early end to his international career after suffering a freak eye injury in a warm-up game, was replaced by Thami Tsolekile.

South Africa play the first of three Tests against England at The Oval starting on July 19.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
09 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 10:00
17 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
19 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas' three-Test tour of Australia is:

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.