Pakistan vs New Zealand: Shoulder injury puts Mohammad Abbas in doubt for South Africa tour
Mohammad Abbas faces a lengthy lay-off, if reports are to be believed. @AFP

Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas will not play the third Test against New Zealand in Dubai next Monday and faces the prospect of a length injury lay-off, after concerns over his shoulder increased on Thursday.

Abbas injured his right shoulder when trying to stop the ball during New Zealand’s second innings in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday – as Pakistan stormed to an innings win – and a day later was sent to hospital for scans. As reported by ESPNcricinfo today, the seriousness of the injury has left Abbas in doubt for Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in December.

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Results of Abbas’ scans have reportedly been sent to a shoulder specialist, with ESPNcricinfo claiming that the team management’s current analysis of the situation is that the pace bowler could be sidelined for anywhere between three weeks and four months.

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Abbas was Man of the Series for the second occasion in a row after bowling Pakistan to a 373-run win over Australia in Abu Dhabi last month, claiming 5/62 on the fourth day to take his tally for the match to 10/95.

The 28-year-old was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series for taking 17 wickets in two Tests versus Australia – the best returns by a bowler in a series of that number in the UAE – and extended his overall tally to 59 in 10 Tests at an excellent average of 15.64. Abbas also became the first fast bowler to claim ten wickets in a Test in the UAE.