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Quinton De Kock, AB de Villiers, Faf Du Plessis focus to get fit for Australia Tests

South Africa cricket team’s Quinton de Kock was injured playing against Indian cricket team at Centurion, while AB de Villiers has a knee injury and Faf du Plessis is recovering from a fractured right index finger. All three are keen to get fit ahead of the Test series vs Australia cricket team.

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2018 20:31 IST
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South Africa cricket team’s AB de Villiers will not play against Indian cricket team in the T20I series as he rests a knee injury, while Faf du Plessis (right) is working his way back to fitness after suffering a broken finger, and Quinton de Kock (not in picture) could return from a wrist injury in the ongoing series vs Virat Kohli and Co.(Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock could return from a wrist injury to play a part in South Africa’s Twenty20 series against India, with the wicket-keeper, captain Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers all pushing to be fit to face Australia in the upcoming Test series.

De Kock was injured playing against India at Centurion, with Heinrich Klaasen coming in to play a match-winning knock in the fourth ODI, although the Proteas slumped to a 5-1 series defeat in the 50-over format.

“I am happy to say De Kock has fully recovered from his left wrist injury,” said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

“He joined the T20 squad practice on Tuesday for batting practice and is good to go for the Australia Test series.”

De Villiers will not play against India in 20-over action as he rests a knee injury, while Du Plessis is working his way back to fitness after suffering a broken finger.

“AB de Villiers was withdrawn from the T20 squad more as a precaution looking ahead to the Test series. He will make a full recovery ahead of the first Test match in Durban,” Moosajee explained.

“Faf du Plessis sustained a fracture to the right index finger during the ODI series against India, and this usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal. At the moment we are in that 4-6 week period and he is currently being monitored weekly.

“He will start batting [on Wednesday] and we are hopeful he will come through that and be available to captain the team for the first Test against Australia.”

Moosajee also revealed that Dale Steyn could play a role in the Australia series as he battles back from a foot problem, but warned “the medical team will want him to play some form of cricket before a Test match”.

Steyn will hope to prove his fitness in a four-day game with the Titans.

First Published: Feb 21, 2018 11:28 IST