Du Plessis to miss the first four weeks of IPL 6

Du Plessis was recently diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine and a six- week rest period has been advised. He will play the latter stages of the IPL in preparation for the Champions Trophy in June.

updated: March 19, 2013 17:01 IST
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed in a media release on Tuesday that batsman Faf du Plessis will miss the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League as he recovers from a back injury. Du Plessis plays for last season's finalists Chennai Super Kings in the Twenty20 event.

CSA have named Quinton de Kock of the as the replacement for Faf du Plessis in the on-going Castle Lager Proteas squad for the final two ODI matches against Pakistan.

The first match takes place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday and the second at Sahara Willowmoore Park on Sunday. Both are day matches. The Proteas currently lead the five-match series 2-1.

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