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JP Duminy ruled out of Australian tour with Achilles injury

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Proteas batsman JP Duminy will take no further part in the Test series against Australia after rupturing his left Achilles' tendon on Friday. The injury occurred during a fitness training drill after the opening day of the first test at the Gabba with MRI scans confirming the injury.

Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object. The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.

"Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.

"We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to at least six months before the player can resume playing cricket.

"He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason."

Duminy will not feature in the rest of the match, with 12th man Francois du Plessis assuming the fielding duties. He will return back to South Africa as soon as possible with a replacement to be named in due course.

The Proteas are now in a bit of a pickle in the test match, finding themselves not just a batsman short, but also losing the man who was expected to pick up the bulk of the spinning workload with the selectors deciding to give Rory Kleinveldt his debut in this match and go in with 4 specialist seamers, dropping Imran Tahir as a result. Duminy was expected to bowl his fair share of overs in the absence of Tahir, and the Proteas will now be stuck with a rather one-dimensional attack for the rest of the test match.

South Africa ended the opening day at a comfortable 255-2 on the back of half centuries from Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, with the latter duo remaining unbeaten at the close of play, closing in on centuries.