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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will start training on Wednesday in a bid to prove his fitness in the lead-up to the four-Test series against South Africa, which begins on March 1 in Durban.
Du Plessis has been out of action ever since he fractured his right index finger during the first ODI against India on February 1.
“He will start batting tomorrow and we are hopeful he will come through that and be available to captain the team for the first test against Australia,” South team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a news release from Cricket South Africa as quoted by Reuters.
Should Du Plessis be fit for the first Test, it will be a major boost for the Proteas as batsman AB de Villiers and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock are set to recover from knee and wrist injuries respectively.
Middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma will participate in a club game on Saturday after sustaining a fractured right ring finger ahead of the third Test against India in Johannesburg last month.
As for veteran pace bowler Dale Steyn, he is still on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with significant tissue damage on his left heel. The 34-year-old suffered the injury on the second day of the first Test against India in Cape Town.
“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.”