AB de Villiers injured his left elbow in August © Getty Images
AB de Villiers injured his left elbow in August © Getty Images

South Africa who were to be led by AB de Villiers in the series against Australia, has now be ruled out of the whole 5-One-Day International (ODI) series against them starting from Friday. De Villiers has also been ruled out from South Africa’s tour of Australia later in the year. South Africa was to play a 3-Test series against Australia in their home. De Villiers had missed the recent 1-0 Test series win against New Zealand due to injury, which was the first time he has missed a Test match due to injury since 2004. De Villiers will now undergo an operation on his elbow to attend to the injury he suffered in August.

This was confirmed by a video tweet sent out by Cricket South Africa’s official Twitter handle. De Villiers was to pass a fitness Test after which he would have been declared fit to participate in ODI series. De Villiers missed South Africa’s one-off ODI against Ireland two days back. In his absence Faf du Plessis led the side which mauled over them to gain a 206-run victory. Meanwhile, Rilee Rossouw who was added to the squad as batting cover in De Villiers’ absence in the Ireland match.

#CSAnews @ABdeVilliers17 has failed a fitness & is ruled out of the Australia home & away series. He will have an elbow op next week. pic.twitter.com/3nadQgPNid

South Africa play the first match of the five ODI series against Australia on September 30th on Friday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.