Bavuma And Rabada To Not Play Domestic Red-ball Match Ahead Of Tests Against India

Bavuma and Rabada to not play domestic red-ball match ahead of Tests against India

Johannesburg, Dec 14 : South Africa Test captain Temba Bavuma and fast-bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada will not be playing in a domestic red-ball match as previously announced when the duo were rested from white-ball games against India.

The Proteas team management wanted Bavuma and Rabada to get some red-ball match practice before the two Tests against India set to happen in Centurion from December 26-30 and in Cape Town from January 3-7, 2024.

The two Tests also carry crucial World Test Championship (WTC) points.

Bavuma and Rabada were scheduled to play for the Lions against the Dolphins in a first-class match at Durban from Thursday.

“Proteas Test captain Bavuma has a personal matter to attend to and Rabada has a heel niggle,” said a statement from the Lions.Former Proteas head coach Russell Domingo, currently in charge of the Lions, also expressed his disappointment over the duo not being available.

Rabada has been down with a heel issue since the Men’s ODI World Cup in India, and was limited in his bowling during the semi-final against Australia.South Africa are now facing doubts over their fast-bowling line-up as Anrich Nortje is still recovering from a lower-back stress fracture while Lungi Ngidi had to withdraw from the T20I series against India due to a left ankle sprain.

Two other fast-bowlers Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen have played their part in T20Is against India and are now playing in this week’s red-ball domestic matches to prepare for the Tests against India.On the other hand, Bavuma was last seen in competitive cricket action during the ODI World Cup semi-final against Australia, where he played the game despite carrying a hamstring injury.



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