From past couple of weeks, the South African cricket team has been facing regular injury woes with their crucial players. They were recently outplayed by India as they lost the six-match ODI series by a 1-5 margin. Also, they are already behind in the three-match t20I series as well, as the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
When the team easily capitulated in the ODIs, many defended the poor show by citing the absence of the star players including skipper Faf du Plessis in the line-up. Well, from the developments in the camp, it seems that these concerns will last a little longer now.
As per the recent reports in the Sportstarlive, South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who sustained an injury in the 1st ODI against India, is still doubtful to take the field for his team in the first Test against touring Australian team. The Australian team is scheduled to play four Tests during the tour that commences on March 1. The first Test will be played at the Kingsmead, Durban.
The recent reports also suggest that Du Plessis might not recover in time to be fit for the first Test against Australia. He had injured himself during the ODI series against India. Also, Dale Steyn, who got injured during the 1st Test against India, has reportedly been ruled out of the first two Tests of the Australian series. Steyn had made a comeback against India after a long injury layoff.
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Steyn ended up the first Test against India with a ligament tear and now he is set to miss the first two Tests against the Aussies as well. Moreover, middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma is also likely to make a comeback to the national squad before the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Bavuma is recovering from a broken finger and is likely to miss the Durban Test.
Injury updates on AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock
In other improvements, which come as a sigh of relief for the Proteas camp, AB de Villiers is likely to be fit for the first Test against Australia. He sustained an injury recently during the final ODI against India. Also, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is expected to be fit for the Durban Test as he was also injured during the ODI series against India recently.