Duo offer SA fitness boost

August 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Sport updates suggest that key South African duo Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis will be passed fit to play in the crucial third and final Test against England.

Skipper Smith was struggling with a knee injury during the second Test draw at Headingley, suffered whilst fielding in the deep.

Meanwhile, Kallis suffered back spasms in Leeds and seemed to be in pain when batting during the second innings.

But the senior duo, so crucial for the Proteas, look like being available for the forthcoming showdown at Lord’s, which begins on August 16.

Smith and Kallis will feature for South Africa in the tour match against Derbyshire, hoping they will come through without suffering any reaction.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “Graeme has fully recovered from the minor ligament sprain to his left knee and we also have positive feedback from Jacques, who has responded well to treatment following the acute back spasms that he suffered during the Test.”

Both players have played an important role with the bat in helping the Proteas take a 1-0 live scores lead into the final Test.

Smith and Kallis scored centuries in the first Test win at the Oval, with the captain also smashing two half centuries at Headingley.

Meanwhile, the tourists have announced that Alviro Petersen will miss the Derbyshire match due to a hamstring strain.

But Peterson, who scored 182 in the first innings at Headingley, is expected to be fit enough to open the batting alongside his captain.

All-rounder Albie Morkel, who is unlikely to start at Lord’s, has has been struggling with an ankle injury, but is also available for the two-day game.

The team manager said the 31-year-old will be sidelined in order to “focus on his rehabilitation with the aim of making sure he is fully fit”.


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