Pacer Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Ireland. The two-match T20I series will be played at County Ground, Bristol on 3rd and 5th August respectively. After a close examination of ankle injury, Cricket South Africa (CSA) official statement was that Rabada will miss the two-match series against Ireland.
Earlier this summer, South Africa rested premier pacer Kagiso Rabada for the limited-overs series against England in order to manage his workload due to jam-packed cricketing schedule. The team management wanted to keep Kagiso Rabada fresh and fit for the three-match Test series against England.
After being rested for the ODI series, Rabada played first two matches of the T20I series against England and picked one wicket. Anrich Nortje replaced Kagiso Rabada for the series decider at Southampton as he sidelined due to niggle.
The medical staff would be working closely with Kagiso Rabada and helping in him get in fit in time for the upcoming Test series against England. South Africa will be hoping that Rabada is able to regain full fitness and become available for selection for the first Test at Lords Cricket Ground.
After playing two-match T20I series against Ireland, South Africa will be keen to continue their excellent run in the five-day format and seal their place in the finals of ICC World Test Championship.
In an official statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA), “We are closely monitoring Kagiso Rabada injury and the medical personnel are working closely with him to make sure he is able to recover and become fit for the upcoming three-match Test series against England.”
On the other hand, England managed to complete a clean sweep over New Zealand in a three-match Test series. Under the dynamic leadership of Ben Stokes, England managed to level the five-match Test series against India.