BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – South Africa have called up Dean Elgar for the ongoing Tri-Nations Series after batsman Rilee Rossouw was ruled out of the tournament with a dislocated shoulder.
The 23-year-old left-hander picked up the injury in the field during Tuesday’s clash with Australia in Guyana, while diving on the boundary.
He immediately left the field and subsequent scans at hospital revealed the initial extent of the problem. He is expected to return home for further assessment and to begin rehabilitation.
“Rilee fell awkwardly on his shoulder while fielding the ball on the boundary during the match against Australia …,” said team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
“He was immediately taken to the local hospital for X-rays which confirmed he had dislocated the AC joint of his right shoulder. He will be unable to take further part in this series and will return back to South Africa as soon as possible.
“The extent of the injury and the recovery period will only be known once he has been assessed and managed by one of Cricket South Africa’s panel of shoulder specialists.”
Rossouw, who has played 31 One-Day Internationals, top-scored with 61 for South Africa in their opening game of the tournament against West Indies last Friday but managed just seven against the Aussies.
His replacement, Elgar, has played just six ODIs but averages nearly 37 from 25 Test appearances.