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South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson is optimistic that middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma will be fit for the second Test against Australia, which begins in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Bavuma was ruled out of the first Test in Durban, which Australia won by 118 runs, as he failed to sufficiently recover from a fractured right ring finger he sustained prior to the third Test against India in January.
Theunis de Bruyn took Bavuma’s spot on the roster for the first Test against the Baggy Greens. However, he was unable to have much of an impact as he made scores of 6 and 36.
Should Bavuma be deemed healthy, it is likely that he will come back into the playing XI at the expense of De Bruyn.
When asked for an update on Bavuma, Gibson was quoted by Sport24 as saying: “He is being assessed at the moment by the medical staff. Last week we felt like he wasn’t 100% and he’s had an extra week now hitting more balls in the nets, so hopefully he’ll be closer to playing.”