Mumbai, Nov 9 (IANS) Ahead of the second Test at Bengaluru from November 14, South Africa are set to receive a boost in the form of Jean Paul Duminy and Morne Morkel who will be returning after injury lay-offs.
However, the availability of pacer Dale Steyn would still be a cause of concern for the visitors.
Duminy had sustained a injury on his right hand where he had torn a webbing, while Morkel was nursing a quad strain, reported bcci.tv on Monday.
Steyn on the other hand suffered from a groin strain during the first Test in Mohali and was unable to bowl in India’s second innings. He, however, came in to bat during South Africa’s failed fourth innings chase.
“JP Duminy had the stitches removed from this right hand laceration two days ago. He will have a net session in the next couple of days and should be available for selection for the second Test match in Bengaluru,” Proteas’ team doctor Mohammad Moosaji said.
“Morne Morkel has fully recovered from a right quad strain, if the (first) Test had started a day later he probably would have been available for selection.”
“The only fitness concern we have at the moment is Dale Steyn. He is still recovering from the groin strain he sustained during this Test match. He will have a fitness test two days before the second Test match before a final call on his availability is made.”
India lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first match by 108 runs at Mohali.