AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock are on track to be fit for the Proteas’ first Test against Australia, starting on 1 March, while captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma are doubtful for the start of the series.
South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma will not be available for the Proteas’ third and final Test against India, starting on Wednesday in Johannesburg, after fracturing his finger while playing domestic cricket.
The Proteas continued to get maximum value out of the three-day tour match between Zimbabwe and the SA Invitation XI at Boland Park on Thursday when Temba Bavuma followed Dale Steyn’s good bowling workout on the first day with his own perfect warm-up innings for next week’s Test match.
A brief look at the congested nature of South Africa’s ODI and T20 program in February – nine matches – will tell you that Temba Bavuma might have a serious shot at playing more white-ball cricket for the Proteas soon.
The Cape Cobras ignited and united by a preseason period of 11 weeks, will be bolstered by the return of two international stars, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander, when they embark on their tour to the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.