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James Pattinson suffers setback during rehabilitation

Cricket Australia has today confirmed that fast-bowler James Pattinson will take an indefinite break from bowling as he recovers from a reaggravation of his lower back stress fracture.

Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said: “Soon after returning from the UK, following the Champions Trophy and his county cricket contract, James presented with back pain. 

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Paterson replaces injured Morkel in South African squad

WSB Cape Cobras fast bowler, Dane Paterson, has been added to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the second Sunfoil Test against Bangladesh starting at Manguang Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday. Paterson replaces Morne Morkel, who sustained a Grade two tear to the left abdominal oblique muscle during the 333-run victory at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Monday.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained the injury: “ Morne complained of a sharp pain to his left side yesterday and immediately aborted his bowling spell. Subsequent scans this morning confirmed a Grade two tear to the left abdominal oblique muscle which rules him out of the remainder of the series. He will need a 4-6 week recovery period and will target a return for the T20 Global League in November.”

The squad will travel to Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Rabada leads South Africa to emphatic 333-run victory over Bangladesh

Kagiso Rabada took on the responsibility of leading the attack in the absence of Morne Morkel in spectacular style as the Standard Bank Proteas thrashed Bangladesh by 333 runs with time and overs to spare on the final day of the first Test match at Senwes Park on Monday.

Rabada needed just 19 balls to blow away what was left of the Bangladesh top order with three wickets, including that of captain Mushfiqur Rahim to the third ball he send down.

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South Africa overcome double setback to push for victory against Bangladesh

South Africa overcame the duel handicaps of losing their bowling spearhead, Morne Morkel, with a side strain and a substantial amount of time to bad weather to push strongly for victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Sunfoil Test match at Senwes Park on Sunday.

Being well aware of the inclement weather in the vicinity Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma led a determined to drive to lift the scoring rate in the South African second innings after the early loss of Hashim Amla’s wicket. 

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Proteas await day four assessment against Bangladesh

The Proteas will ‘assess’  the state of the conditions before making a call on a possible target to set Bangladesh in the first Sunfoil Test match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Bad light brought an early end to the third day, with the Proteas holding a 230-run lead with eight second innings wickets in hand.

The loss of time, the uncertainty around the conditions and Bangladesh’s fighting first innings score of 320 – which is their highest score in South Africa – are all factors Faf du Plessis and the management will be considering as they plot the way to victory.  

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