JP Duminy, Morne Morkel Set for Return, Dale Steyn to Have Fitness Test
Return of Jean-Paul Duminy and Morne Morkel should boost South African side for the Bengaluru Test.
South Africa expect to have all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel back for the second Test against India but will assess the fitness of leading paceman Dale Steyn on Thursday. (Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin Spin India to Big Win on Friendly Mohali Pitch)
Steyn played in the series opener but suffered a groin strain on the opening day and did not bowl in India's second innings.
All three players would likely start the second Test if fit, but that is no certainty according to team manager Mohammed Moosajee. (No Demons in Mohali Pitch: Virat Kohli; Lot of Soft Dismissals: Hashim Amla)
"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," he was quoted as saying in a press release from Cricket South Africa on Saturday.
"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. (Ravindra Jadeja's Inclusion in Team India Was a Smart Move: Sunil Gavaskar)
"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."