Wiaan Mulder, an African player from the rest of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, has been ruled out after injuring his ankle during practice on Tuesday. The injury appears to be in his left Achilles tendon, and Mulder withdrew from the South African team for further evaluation.
"Wiaan felt some pain and discomfort in his left ankle in practice and withdrew from the rest of the ODI series," explained South African team director Mohammed Moosajee. "It will be evaluated by an ankle and foot specialist in Johannesburg, who will be able to evaluate the injury and give us a way to move forward in terms of treatment and rehabilitation strategy, and the selectors will not name a replacement for the last ODI."
Mulder , 20, only played seven ODI for South Africa, but he was expected to be a regular player in his starting lineup this summer. He played in all five ODIs against Sri Lanka in August, and coach Ottis Gibson expressed his support by giving his youngsters extensive runs on the side.