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Keshav Maharaj ruled out of Ranchi Test with injury


South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj has been ruled out the third and final Test against India on account of shoulder injury. 

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In a statement made by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Sunday, debutant George Linde has been named as his replacement.

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The 29-year old Maharaj suffered an injury in his right shoulder while fielding during day two of Pune Test. But with a strapped shoulder, he scored his maiden Test half-century on day three of the match.

The CSA statement said,

“A reassessment ahead the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit to bowl in time to play in the final Test match”.

South Africa team doctor Ramjee Hashendra said, “An MRI showed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was reassessed this morning particularly with regards to bowling and showed significant discomfort during bowling,” 

“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the MRI, the medical team feels that he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase,” he added.

Maharaj picked up six wickets from the first-two Test against India.

However, his replacement Linde was part of South Africa A side that toured India for a List A series prior to the national team’s tour. He was also in the T20I squad although being sidelined for the series.

It can be noted that South Africa lost the three match series with one match still to go when they were defeated by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune.

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