Duminy ruptures achilles in warm-down to mar South Africa's strong start to Australia tour
12:27 GMT, 9 November 2012
South Africa batsman JP Duminy could miss up to six months after rupturing an achilles tendon after the first day's play of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Duminy was taking part in warm-down exercises on the Gabba outfield when he fell to the turf clutching his left leg.
He was rushed to hospital where the severity of the injury was confirmed.
Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months
South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: 'At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object.
'The diagnosis of an Achilles tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.
'Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.
'We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.
GABBA CURSE STRIKES AGAIN
This isn't the first time in recent years an international cricketer has succumbed to a serious injury on the Gabba outfield.
Back in the 2002 Ashes series, former England fast bowler Simon Jones ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments sliding to field a ball.
Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control
'He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason.'
The Proteas' 12th man Francois du Plessis will field in Duminy's place in Brisbane but will not be able to bat.
A century partnership from Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis has put the Proteas firmly in control on 255 for two at the end of day one.
The early loss of captain Graeme Smith for 10 to a DRS lbw decision did not prove too much of a setback as Amla (90 not out) and Alviro Petersen (64) saw them through to lunch without further incident.
And when Petersen fell victim to the match's only specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, Jacques Kallis (84 not out) picked up where he left off.