Fitness will be key for the Proteas and Sri Lanka for second test

By AFP 16m in the past

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JOHANNESBURG – Fitness will play as large a task as type when South Africa and Sri Lanka finalise their groups for the second and last Test, beginning at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Sri Lanka had an harm nightmare throughout the first Test in Centurion. Batsman Dhananjaya and quick bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara had been all dominated out of motion as South Africa gained victory by an innings and 45 runs.

South Africa’s enjoying eleven got here by intact however coach Mark Boucher acknowledged the problem of assessing health in occasions of coronavirus. He hinted there may be some rotation in the tempo assault.

South Africa have an expanded pool of quick bowlers as potential picks for the Wanderers, with former world primary Kagiso Rabada and left-armer Beuran Hendricks added to the squad after recovering from harm and sickness.

The uncapped Glenton Stuurman, who had been anticipated to make his debut in the first Test, may additionally come into competition if he has recovered totally from a quad muscle pressure.

The Wanderers is the residence floor of each Rabada and Hendricks however Boucher stated after the Centurion Test that he was cautious of speeding bowlers again into motion except they had been demonstrably match match.

South Africa fielded one among their least skilled quick bowling assaults in a few years in Centurion. Lack of current match observe and inexperience confirmed in the first innings as Sri Lanka made 396, their highest complete in South Africa.

Boucher stated South Africa’s bowling in the first innings was “disappointing” however was heartened by their improved self-discipline once they bowled out Sri Lanka for 180 in the second innings. “It was chalk and cheese,” he stated.

Despite the absence of their injured gamers, Sri Lanka may probably go into the match with a group equal in power to that chosen for the first Test.

Opening batsman Oshada Fernando missed the Centurion Test due to an ankle harm however is anticipated to return at the Wanderers. This would allow Kusal Perera to drop all the way down to a extra accustomed place in the center order to fill the void left by De Silva.

A key issue will be the health of Suranga Lakmal, described by coach Mickey Arthur as “the leader of our attack”. Lakmal was dominated out of Centurion by a hamstring pressure.

Lakmal’s return would power the bowling, whereas Dushmantha Chameera is anticipated to be a like-for-like alternative for Kumara as a bowler of real tempo.

Possible groups

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (capt, wkt), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, plus three from Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks and Glenton Stuurman

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera

Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock (each RSA)

TV umpire: Allahudien Paleker (RSA)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)



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