The prolific batsman AB de Villiers has been sidelined since damaging his left elbow playing in the Caribbean Premier League in July.
The Proteas host five ODIs with Steve Smith’s side, starting on Friday, before heading to Australia for three Tests, but De Villiers will play no part.
#CSAnews @ABdeVilliers17 has failed a fitness & is ruled out of the Australia home & away series. He will have an elbow op next week. pic.twitter.com/3nadQgPNid
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 27, 2016