Worcester:Jacques Kallis gave South Africa an injury scare before helping the Proteas continue to pulverise Bangladesh A in their tour match in Worcester on Saturday.
South Africa, who had already had to rule Dale Steyn out of next week's third Test against England at Edgbaston after the fast bowler broke his thumb on Friday, had another worrying moment when Kallis sustained a finger injury while taking a catch at New Road on the second day of this three-day game.
He left the field for an X-ray at a nearby hospital but then allayed any fears regarding his fitness by finishing the day 55 not out in a second innings total of 145 for one.
The Proteas, who'd piled up 429 for three declared in their first innings, opted against enforcing the follow-on after veteran quick Makhaya Ntini took four for 32 as Bangladesh A were bowled out for 121.
Kallis, who made 70 not out in that first innings, reached stumps Saturday in the company of AB de Villiers, unbeaten on 79 after scoring a pivotal hundred in South Africa's 10-wicket second Test win at Headingley - a result that left them 1-0 up in the four-match series with two to play.
Earlier fast bowler Andre Nel, the leading candidate to replace Steyn at Edgbaston, took three for 25 in 12 overs against a youthful Bangladesh A team.
Nel admitted afterwards that he was still a little bit short of where he wanted to be for his Test match return but said he felt that another bowl in Bangladesh's second innings would see him there. "I need to hit the crease with a bit more aggression but overall I was pleased with my performance."
Ntini produced his best new ball spell of the tour which was good news as his role as leader of the attack will be critical in the absence of Steyn. He is simply getting better and better the more he plays and he could well go past the 350 wicket mark in the approaching Test match. He currently has 347 dismissals.