De Kock adds to SA injury woes

Quinton de Kock

CAPE TOWN — The South African One-Day International team suffered a third injury blow Monday when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the rest of the series against India because of a wrist injury.

South Africa started the six-match series against India as the world’s No. 1 team in one-day cricket, with four of the world’s top ten batsmen.

It has already surrendered the top team ranking to India after losing the first two matches — and De Kock’s injury means Hashim Amla is the only one of its leading batsmen still in action going into the third match at Newlands Wednesday.

AB de Villiers and regular captain Faf du Plessis were both sidelined by finger injuries, De Villiers for the first three matches and Du Plessis for the series.

Both De Kock and Du Plessis were also ruled out of three Twenty20 Internationals at the end of the India tour. Both may be struggling to be fit in time for the first of four Tests against Australia, starting in Durban on March 1.

Cricket South Africa announced Monday that De Kock was in “severe pain and discomfort” after being struck on the left wrist while batting in the second match in Centurion on Sunday. He will need two to four weeks to recover.

No replacement was named but uncapped Heinrich Klaasen is the favorite to take over the gloves after being added to the squad last week.

Windies to host 1st day-night Test against Sri Lanka

The West Indies will host its first ever day-night Test when Sri Lanka tour the Caribbean in June, cricket officials said Tuesday.

The final Test of the three-match series will be a day-night encounter at the Kensington Oval in Barbados starting June 23, said Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka depart for the West Indies in late May and will play a two-day warm up match before the opening Test starting June 6 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

The second Test gets under way June 14 at St. Lucia.

The West Indies has played two day-night Tests but never on home soil. Sri Lanka made their pink-ball Test debut against Pakistan last year in the United Arab Emirates.

Australia hosted New Zealand for the first-ever Test played under lights with a pink ball at the Adelaide Oval in Nov. 2015. — Agencies