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Injury blow for South Africa as pacer ruled out of England Test series

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South Africa will miss out on the services of one of their key pacers for the three-match Test series against England.

Pacer Duanne Olivier has been ruled out of the three-match Test series, starting 17 August, with a grade 2 right hip flexor muscle tear. The injury occurred during South Africa's four-day tour game against the England Lions in Canterbury. 

South Africa have not named a replacement for the pacer, and the visitors are sweating on the fitness of pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada.

Currently nursing an ankle injury, Rabada was ruled out of the two-match T20I series against Ireland, though has returned to train with the team.

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Giving an update on Olivier's injury, team doctor Hashendra Ramjee said, "Duanne presented with significant discomfort involving his right hip flexor muscle at the close of play on day three of the four-day tour match. After clinical assessment, he was referred for an MRI scan which revealed a grade 2 tear involving the right pectineus muscle.  

"Due to the extent of the injury, he has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England and will return home where he will commence his rehabilitation with the Gauteng Central Lions medical team."

The series will be of vital importance for the visitors, as they look to extend their lead at the top of the World Test Championship table. They will come up against an England side high on confidence, after their incredible series victory against New Zealand as well as a win in the fifth rescheduled Test against India. 

The three Test matches will be played between 17 August to 12 September at Lord's, Old Trafford and The Oval.

Test Squad: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Marco Jansen, Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Khaya Zondo, Glenton Stuurman. 

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