South African captain Faf du Plessis is returning to the training on Wednesday and it is expected that he will be available in the first Test against Australia at Durban that will begin on 1st March. Faf had suffered a fracture to his right index finger during the first ODI against India and due to that reason he missed the remaining limited-overs home series against India.
A big number of major South African cricketers are suffering in several injuries, which is a big headache for the South African cricket board.
Now, the South African captain is looking for a comeback in the national side as he is returning to the training on Wednesday. The team management believes that the South African skipper will be available from the opening Test against Australia.
In Cricket South Africa’s news release, the national team manager Mohammed Moosajee said, “He will start batting tomorrow and we are hopeful he will come through that and be available to captain the team for the first Test against Australia.”
On the other hand, pacer Dale Steyn is still doubtful to make a comeback in the side from the first Test against Australia. The right-handed fast bowler is suffering a ligament damage in his foot.
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Talking about Steyn’s comeback, Moosajee said, “He is doing his running training and also increasing his bowling intensity. He will in all likelihood feature in the series against Australia, but the CSA medical team will want him to play some form of cricket before a Test match.”
Meanwhile, Moosajee also gave the assurance that AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock will be available in the upcoming Test series opener against Australia. AB totally recovers from a knee injury while Quinton had a wrist problem during the recently ended ODI series against India.
Moosajee told Cricinfo, “We are sure AB and Quinton will be ready for the first Test.”
The team manager also spoke out about the current status of injured Temba Bavuma. During the domestic List A match in January, Temba had suffered a right finger injury which is still need sometimes to heal.