Cape Town - Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka due to a right shoulder injury.
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Du Plessis fell awkwardly while attempting a catch during the third One-Day International (ODI) at Pallekele on Sunday, and was unable to field for the rest of the match.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained the injury: "Faf sustained an injury to one of the rotator cuff tendons in his right shoulder and will unfortunately be unavailable for the rest of the tour. He will need a rehabilitation period of up to six weeks to make a full recovery. His return date back to South Africa will be confirmed in due course."
The selectors will name the stand-in captain for the remainder of the ODI series and one-off T20I on Tuesday.
There will be no replacement added to the squad.
The Proteas, meanwhile, have taken unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series against Sri Lanka. The 4th ODI takes place in Kandy on Wednesday (11:00 SA time).