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South Africa have been dealt a major blow ahead of the New Year Test against India, which begins in Cape Town on January 3. South Africa defeated Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team in the first Test. Dean Elgar’s heroic ton and the South African pacer’s relentless attack saw India lose the match by an innings and 32 runs. However, their pace powerhouse will miss the services of Gerald Coetzee in the second Test. India must win the match to draw the series.

“Proteas and Momentum Multiply Titans fast bowler Gerald Coetzee will miss the second Betway Test against India after developing pelvic inflammation during the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The 23-year-old felt discomfort in his pelvis, which progressively worsened while bowling. “He underwent tests on Friday which revealed the extent of the injury,” Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

“Head coach Shukri Conrad has chosen to release Coetzee from the squad as a precautionary measure. No replacement has been named.”

Dean Elgar, who will retire at the end of the ongoing Test series against India, will lead the South African team in the final match of the two-match series in place of the injured Temba Bavuma. Bavuma has been ruled out of the final Test series against India, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said after the conclusion of the first match on Thursday.

Bavuma suffered an injury while playing on the first day of the Test match and, as a result, played no further part in the match after scans revealed a hamstring strain.

In his absence, Elgar will captain the team in the final match of his international career, having announced his decision to retire ahead of the series.

After Bavuma left the field in the first Test, Elgar assumed the captaincy role in South Africa’s victory by an innings and 32 runs at SuperSport Park.

Elgar was named player of the match for his fine century in the opening Test.

Zubayr Hamza will replace Bavuma in the squad for the final Test which will be played in Cape Town from January 3.

Elgar is no stranger to the captaincy, having led the Proteas in the past, including the last time India visited South Africa for a Test series. After losing 1-0 in 2021-22, the fly-half led by example to achieve a 2-1 comeback.

With PTI inputs

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