Proteas

Proteas assess walking wounded

2014-12-20 00:11
Quinton de Kock (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - South Africa are dominating on the pitch but are seemingly losing in the treatment room as the first Test against the West Indies in Pretoria proves a busy time for medical staff on both sides.

The tourists are 76/2 in their second innings, still 275 runs away from making the Proteas bat again, and with two days left face a big ask to save the Test.

West Indies have already lost batsman Assad Fudadin for the series after he fractured a finger in the warm-ups ahead of the game.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach, easily the tourists' most potent weapon with the ball, then broke down with an ankle ligament injury that will likely see him play no further part in the test and perhaps even the series.

But it is the South African medical staff who will have a busy evening after they at one stage had just seven of their starting line-up on the field - with even 48-year-old bowling coach Allan Donald suited up and ready to come on if needed some 13 years after he retired.

Batsman Faf du Plessis complained of abdominal pain and a fever on Thursday night, the cause of which has yet to be diagnosed, while wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is now in doubt for the second test after he rolled his ankle in the warm-ups for the third day's play.

When premier fast bowler Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander both limped off with muscle complaints, the concern in the home dressing room grew.

"Faf went to hospital this morning, we thought perhaps he had an appendicitis, but the scan came back clear. We are treating it as a viral infection and depending on how he responds overnight, we may repeat the scan tomorrow," Proteas team manager Mohammad Moosajee said in a television interview.

"We suspect Quinton has a grade one ankle ligament sprain, but are waiting for feedback from the MRI scans. With physiotherapy, in our experience the recovery time is five to seven days, so we are hopeful he will play in the second Test (starting December 26 in Port Elizabeth).

"Dale had a tightness in his groin and Vernon the same in his hamstring. It was more a precaution to take them off, they had an ice bath and should be fine in the morning."

Read more on:    proteas  |  cricket

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 21 February 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Port Elizabeth 10:00
Sunday, 03 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Johannesburg 10:00
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Centurion 13:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.