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Faf du Plessis doubtful for South Africa’s Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe

November 18, 2019

first_imgFaf du Plessis’s is doubtful for South Africa’s first-ever four-day day-night Test match against Zimbabwe at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth from December 26 to 29.The South African captain picked up a viral infection and could miss the historic clash. The 33-year-old is making a comeback after missing from action since sustaining an acute lumbar disc injury during South Africa’s third ODI against Bangladesh back in late October.He was subsequently sidelined for six weeks and during his injury lay-off, du Plessis also underwent a surgery on a problematic shoulder during that period.He missed the recently-concluded Ram Slam and was also not named in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Invitation XI for a warm-up match against Zimbabwe.”My progress was really good over the last two weeks. But I picked up a virus last week which has slowed me down a little bit, so right now where we stand is trying to get to practice and see how it (the back) feels,” du Plessis told Sport24.”I practiced yesterday (Saturday) and there was still a bit of pain in my back, so that is why we will see today (Sunday) how it goes and then tomorrow (Monday) again,” he said.When asked about his fitness knowing a Test series against India is around the corner, the South African skipper hinted that he would not risk by playing against Zimbabwe.”Last week I was 80-20 for playing, probably now closer to 60-40 playing.The selectors will get together with the coach and decide who they think is the best guy to stand-in in a one off Test,” du Plessis said.advertisementFollowing the lone Test against Zimbabwe which will begin on Boxing Day, South Africa are slated to host India for three-match Test series, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting on January 5 in Cape Town.(With inputs from ANI)last_img

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