South Africa’s injury woes continue, as an experienced duo is ruled out of the match against Australia.

South Africa’s injury difficulties continue, with a pair of veteran players ruled out of the fourth One-Day International against Australia at Centurion.

Anrich Nortje’s back ailment, which forced him to miss the third match of the series, has not healed in time, and he will miss the next two games against Australia.

The loss of Nortje is exacerbated by the news that in-form captain Temba Bavuma will also miss the penultimate game of the five-game series due to a right adductor issue.

While the news about Nortje isn’t ideal for South Africa, who face Sri Lanka in their first World Cup match on October 7 in Delhi, the Proteas hope the tall quick to start bowling over the weekend.

“Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the remaining two matches of the One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia due to a lower back injury,” Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

“The 29-year-old had scans and saw a specialist this week and will resume bowling this weekend under the supervision of the Proteas medical team.” In due course, another update will be issued.”

The absence of Bavuma for the fourth ODI is regarded as less worrisome, with the Proteas confirming that the problem plaguing their skipper was minimal.

“ODI captain Temba Bavuma is unavailable for selection for the fourth ODI at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Friday,” the statement went on to say.

“Bavuma has a right adductor strain, and as a precautionary measure, he has been ruled out of the match.”

In Bavuma’s absence, South Africa will be led by Aiden Markram in the fourth ODI.