Sri Lanka tour over for injured du Plessis

By Sports Desk August 06, 2018

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka due to a shoulder injury.

Du Plessis damaged his right shoulder attempting to take a catch during the Proteas' one-day international victory in Pallekele on Sunday.

The batsman left the field and was unable to return as the Proteas eased to a 78-run win to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Du Plessis will miss the two remaining ODIs and a Twenty20 in Colombo next Tuesday.

The selectors have not yet named a stand-in captain and opted against replacing Du Plessis in the squad.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Faf sustained an injury to one of the rotator cuff tendons in his right shoulder and will, unfortunately, be unavailable for the rest of the tour.

"He will need a rehabilitation period of up to six weeks to make a full recovery. His return date back to South Africa will be confirmed in due course."

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    "I heard a few things as I went out to bat, but it didn't really get to me. I'm kind of just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job," Smith said.

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    Smith added: "It doesn't bother me, it's just doing my job and I know that I've got the support of my team-mates up on the balcony and that's the most important thing. If I can make them proud out in the middle and make Australians proud as much as I can, well, that's my job.

    "I just blank it out. They call it white noise. When I am out there I pay no attention to the crowd and just move on with playing the game."

    Smith said he had not been on the receiving end of hostility from the public in England prior to the match at the home of Hampshire.

    "No, it's been really good I haven't copped any which is really nice. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion and how they want to treat people, but it is water off a duck's back," he said. 

    "I'll just do my own thing and just keep working hard to play hard."

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