Tardy Gibbs axed

Herschelle Gibbs will take no part in South Africa’s three ODIs against Bangladesh after he was dropped for breaking a team curfew.

The Proteas squeaked home against the Tigers in the one-off Twenty20 game in Johannesburg on Wednesday, and the three-match 50 over series begins on Friday. But South Africa will be without Gibbs at the top of the order as he is being disciplined for a breach in teams rules. Gibbs, who has a history of bad behaviour, broke curfew on the evening before the fixture at the Wanderers.

Coach Mickey Arthur said Gibbs’s attitude was unacceptable in the team context, and team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the player will attend an alcohol rehabilitation course.

“We are not trying to punish Herschelle but rather to help him,” said Moosajee. “He has been under a lot of pressure lately, notably from the publicity surrounding his recent divorce. It is clear that he has developed a problem that needs to be addressed.

“Herschelle can rely on the full support of CSA to get his life back on an even keel again. He still has a lot to offer South African cricket and his many fans but this has to be done in line with team structures and disciplines.”

Arthur confirmed that no replacement has been named and Justin Ontong is likely to open the batting with Hashim Amla.