Cape Town - Seam bowler Vernon Philander will miss the
Proteas’ opening two Tests against England due to an ankle injury.
Philander tore ligaments in his ankle when playing soccer in
a warm-up shortly before South Africa’s second Test against India in Bangalore
The Proteas are also sweating on the fitness of fast bowler
Dale Steyn, who missed the last two Tests in India with a groin injury.
Meanwhile, Stiaan van Zyl, Temba Bavuma, Simon Harmer and
Dane Piedt will all play in the first round of the domestic Sunfoil Series next
week to get more game time.
The first of four Tests against England starts in Durban
from December 26, with the selectors expected to announce the SA Test squad for
the series later this week.