South Africa’s Temba Bavuma (2nd R) tends to South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj (R) after he injured himself while celebrating the dismissal of West Indies’ Kyle Mayers (not seen) during the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between South Africa and West Indies at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on March 11, 2023. — AFP

JOHANNESBURG: South African left-arm spin bowler Keshav Maharaj faces a lengthy period out after suffering a freak injury during South Africa’s 284-run win over the West Indies in the second Test in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Cricket South Africa announced that Maharaj “has a complete rupture of his left Achilles tendon” and will see a surgeon on Monday.

Maharaj, 33, went down in obvious pain after he jumped to celebrate the wicket of Kyle Mayers shortly before lunch on the fourth day. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Maharaj has been South Africa’s leading Test spin bowler since making his debut in 2016 but has more recently become a regular in the one-day international team.

South Africa have no Test matches scheduled until December but his injury will mean that he misses the one-day series against the West Indies which starts in East London on Thursday – and could put him in doubt for the World Cup in India in October.

Maharaj bowled only 2.5 overs before his injury but took two wickets for four runs to hasten a West Indian collapse to 106 all out.

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