Port Elizabeth - Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock will not field for the rest of the Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth, but he is expected to be fit to play India in early 2018.
De Kock tweaked his hamstring while batting on day one of the Test and he did not come out to field after South Africa declared on 309/9.
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Instead, AB de Villiers took the gloves and the Proteas stand-in skipper remained the stand-in 'keeper when play resumed on Wednesday morning with Zimbabwe on 30/4.
De Kock went for scans on Wednesday morning and the results revealed a low-grade hamstring tear.
While the decision has been taken for him to miss the rest of the match in PE in the field, there was no clarity on whether he would bat if needed, although at this stage that scenario looks highly unlikely anyway.
The Proteas medical team is confident, however, that he will be ready to face India in the first Test in Cape Town on January 5.