South Africa captain Faf du Plessis back in training ahead of Australia Test series

Du Plessis missed the majority of the one-day international and Twenty20 series against India after picking up a fracture to his right index finger.

Reuters, February 20, 2018

Cape Town: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will begin training on Wednesday as he seeks to prove his fitness ahead of the four-match home test series against Australia starting on 1 March.

File image of South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis. AP

File image of South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis. AP

Du Plessis missed the majority of the one-day international and Twenty20 series against India after picking up a fracture to his right index finger.

”He will start batting tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are hopeful he will come through that and be available to captain the team for the first test against Australia,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a news release from Cricket South Africa on Tuesday.

Two more key players are on course to feature in the first test in Durban with AB de Villiers having fully recovered from a knee injury and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock over his wrist problem.

Middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma will play in a club game on Sunday following his recovery from a hand fracture and if he shows no ill-effects, will be available for selection for the first test.

Seamer Dale Steyn, who is two wickets shy of becoming South Africa’s most successful bowler in tests, remains a serious doubt for the first game of the series as he recovers from ligament damage in his foot.

”He is doing his running training and also increasing his bowling intensity,“ Moosajee said. “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.”

South Africa, who beat India 2-1 in a recent test series, have not defeated the Australians at home since 1969-70. They have won their last three test series in Australia.

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114