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Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the Ireland T20Is due to an ankle injury and is uncertain for the England Tests

The Proteas medical staff has ruled South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada out of the forthcoming two-match T20I series against Ireland due to a left medial ankle ailment. South Africa’s squad arrived in Bristol lately after winning the T20I series against England.

Rabada is one of the best pacers in the world, and his injury means he will be a dubious starter in the forthcoming three-match Test series against England. The 28-year-old was unable to play in the series-clinching T20I against England, and his absence in the red-ball series would be a big setback for the visitors.

He will continue to receive medical care and rehabilitation, and his development will be continuously watched by the medical staff in preparation for the Test series, although Cricket South Africa has not provided a timetable for his comeback.

South Africa will face a tough test against a resurgent English red-ball team that has rolled over strong opponents like New Zealand and India following some breath-taking batting displays under Brendon McCullum’s new regime.

Meanwhile, Lawson Naidoo, the CSA Board Chairperson, congratulated the South African team on their historic victory in the T20I series against England, their first on English soil in 13 years. He praised the team’s attitude and fortitude throughout a difficult series, as well as the current team’s improvement.