Temba Bavuma has been dominated out of South Africa’s T20 sequence opener in opposition to Australia this Friday with a hamstring pressure.
Bavuma sustained the damage whereas fielding in opposition to England at SuperSport Park on Sunday and can requite seven to 10 days relaxation. He’ll stay with the South African squad with a view to enjoying as early as this Sunday, in Port Elizabeth.
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Bavuma’s prognosis implies that South Africa will go into the match one of many facets of their recreation that labored finest in opposition to England – their opening pair. Bavuma shared stands of 92, 48 and 84 with Quinton de Kock and began South Africa’s innings with intent.
With no substitute named within the squad, it’s unclear who will be a part of de Kock on the high of the order. Jon-Jon Smutshas some expertise within the function, having opened in his first eight T20I innings, whereas Faf du Plessis has spent the final two IPL seasons on the high of the Chennai Tremendous Kings order. Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen and the uncapped Pite van Biljon are different choices.
Du Plessis, who stepped down from the captaincy on Monday, makes a return to the squad together with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje after being rested from the England white-ball matches as South Africa look to proceed experimenting with combos forward of the T20 World Cup later this yr.
AB de Villiers, who is ready to make a comeback on the occasion, just isn’t concerned in these matches however may play for South Africa after the IPL.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent
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