South Africa are set to be at near full strength for the first Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers this weekend, with only spinner Robin Peterson a doubt as Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander have returned to full fitness.
Star batsman Amla had been recovering from a thigh injury, while fast bowler Philander was sidelined with a hamstring niggle, but both are A-OK to face the Pakistanis in Johannesburg. Peterson's hand is the only concern, with Imran Tahir in the squad as cover.
Proteas team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said: "Hashim has recovered well and is not feeling any effects from his thigh contusion, so he is good to go. Vernon has also recovered from his hamstring injury and is also fit and ready to play.
"Robbie is into day seven of his sutured laceration on his right hand so it was still a little early to call. We'll probably make a decision after practice on Wednesday or else on Thursday morning."
Philander's absence gave Rory Kleinveldt an opportunity in the second Test against New Zealand, where he did well and took four wickets in the match as the Proteas won by more than an innings.
'Big Vern' wasn't envious of his team-mate's success, though admitted he would have liked to have been on the field to provide a bit of competition and fire to the contest, both against the Kiwis and his fellow bowlers.
Philander said: "It was pretty frustrating for me sitting out, but I'm glad to see Rory being so successful. He's been bowling very well in domestic cricket so all credit to him for stepping up and doing so well at international level."
He added: "As long as I take wickets and do my job with intent, that's all that concerns me.
"Most importantly, if I can help get the team across the line, and onto a winning streak, then that's what I'm all about. There may be a bit of personal rivalry within the team but it's good for the sport."
Pakistan will provide a far stronger challenge for the world's top Test nation, as their batting line up is likely to resist far harder than the Black Caps, who did not fare well against the Proteas attack.
But Philander is unconcerned, saying he will be playing his natural game at the Bullring: "The Pakistan batsmen pose a different challenge from the New Zealand guys as they like playing their shots more.
"I'm not going to change anything in my bowling though. I will go about my business in the same way. A moving ball is a difficult ball to play and hopefully I'll get the ball moving again on Friday."