Rabada a doubtful starter for Proteas’ WC opener
South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada is a doubtful starter of missing the team’s opener against England at the World Cup owing to a ‘significant’ back injury. Rabada recently returned home after being ruled out the lucrative Indian Premier League with discomfort at his back. He is still recuperating according to Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
He addressed the reporters at the Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday and gave a major injury update on South Africa’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup squad.
His first massive update was that Chris Morris would replace the injured Anrich Nortje in the 15-man squad who has been unfortunately ruled out of the tournament with a fractured hand.
He also followed this with a major update on Rabada, who hinted Monday that his back injury was not too serious but at the same time, Rabada shouldn’t risk himself playing the opening fixture. The Proteas team manager stated that the 23-year-old seamer could take up to 3 weeks to recover which also puts him in huge doubt for the World Cup opener on May 30.
“Kagiso Rabada developed a “Significant” lower back, what we call a lumber-muscle strain, with associated muscle spasm while playing it this year’s IPL,’ said Dr Moosajee.
“Thankfully investigations revealed that there was no boney pathology. The expected recovery is two to three weeks and we are confident he will make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad,” he added.