Injury blow for South Africa as Duanne Olivier is ruled out of England Test series

South Africa have been handed an injury bow ahead of their Test series with England after fast bowler Duanne Olivier was ruled out of action.

The 30-year-old sustained his hip problem during the four-day tour clash against the England Lions in Canterbury. 

The injury is considered serious enough for the paceman to be sent home, meaning the tourists will be missing fire power in attack.

"Duanne presented with significant discomfort involving his right hip flexor muscle at the close of play on day three of the four-day tour match," said Proteas team doctor Dr Hashendra Ramjee.

"After clinical assessment, he was referred for an MRI scan which revealed a grade 2 tear involving the right pectineus muscle.

"Due to the extent of the injury, he has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against England and will return home where he will commence his rehabilitation with the Gauteng Central Lions medical team."

The Proteas are yet to name a replacement for Olivier.

The opening Test clash between England and South Africa begins on August 17 at Lord's.

Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester will host the second encounter on August 25.

The third and final clash will take place at The Oval and will begin on September 8.

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