Morkel, Philander to return for WACA?

2016-10-17 09:51
Vernon Philander (AFP)

Cape Town - The Proteas left for Australia on Sunday with everybody fit and ready to go ahead of a three-Test series that begins on November 3. 

Tabraiz Shamsi was due to leave on Monday while Dane Vilas would stay on in South Africa to get more Sunfoil Series action, but other than that all of the other 14 squad members were on the plane. 

Proteas team doctor Mohammed Moosajee confirmed that all players who departed were fit, including the experienced seam duo of Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. 

Morkel bowled 30 overs in last week's Sunfoil Series clash between the Titans and the Knights to return from a back strain while Philander has just recovered from a dental procedure. 

With the first Test taking place at the WACA, the South African selectors will have a lot to think about. 

On what is a historically fast, bouncy wicket, there will be a temptation to go into the match with four seamers. 

But that decision in itself could be complicated, with Kyle Abbott having shown good form against the Aussies in the recent ODI series. 

It would see one of Morkel, Philander, Abbott, Dale Steyn or Kagiso Rabada left out. 

Should the Proteas opt to play a spinner, then there will only be room for three seamers and then two of the quicks would have to miss out.

"The batting line-up is pretty established, so I suppose the big thing will be whether to play four seamers or a spinner," coach Russell Domingo said from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg on Sunday.

"Then, once that decision is made, we will have to look at which spinner to pay. They are both in good form and there is a lot to consider."

The team will be captained by Faf du Plessis as AB de Villiers continues to recover from elbow surgery.

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