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South Africa paceman Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out for 12 weeks owing to a knee injury, which will now keep him out of the ongoing Mzansi Super League and the home series against Pakistan which starts next month.

Ngidi is said to have jammed his knee on the ground while fielding during the one-off T20I against Australia.

"Lungi fell awkwardly while fielding during the T20I against Australia last Sunday. He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee," said South Africa team manager Dr. Mohammad Moosajee.

“Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play.”

The 22-year-old will hope to be back for the visit of Sri Lanka in March, which will serve as the team's final series before the 50-over World Cup gets under way in England in May.