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'One and done' for De Kock?

2014-02-25 10:37
Quinton de Kock (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Alviro Petersen is likely to return to the Proteas team for the final Test against Australia at Newlands, with Quinton de Kock to miss out.

Petersen was withdrawn from last week's Test in Port Elizabeth after picking up a virus.

He has since recovered and should open the batting alongside skipper Graeme Smith, with Dean Elgar taking De Kock's place in the middle order.

De Kock scored seven and 34 in Port Elizabeth, batting in the unaccustomed position of No 6 and didn't keep wicket.

Elgar, who opened in place of Petersen, scored 83 and 16 in his two knocks at St George's Park.

Spinner Robin Peterson is likely to miss out again with the Proteas expected to go with a four-man pace attack, added by the spin-options of JP Duminy and Elgar.

With left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell out with a groin strain, either Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott or Ryan McLaren will get a chance.

According to Die Burger's website, Kleinveldt is the man primed to be picked - should he be fit.

The Cape Cobras all-rounder is struggling with a slight hamstring injury and won't be risked unless he is 100%.

Abbott is next in line, with McLaren the last option. Reliable sources told Die Burger that McLaren's lack of penetration with the ball in the first Test in Centurion will count against him.

With the series locked at 1-1, the final Test at Newlands starts on Saturday.


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