Cape Town - The Proteas are sweating on the availability of
fast bowler Dale Steyn as they prepare for the second Test against India which
starts in Bangalore on Saturday.
Steyn injured his groin in last week’s 108-run defeat in
Mohali and will be monitored during the week.
There was however good news regarding the fitness of
all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel, who both missed the first
“JP Duminy had the stitches removed from his right hand
laceration. He will have a net session in the next couple of days and should be
available for selection for the second Test match in Bengaluru,” said Proteas
team manager, Mohammed Moosajee.
“Morne Morkel has fully recovered from the right quad
strain, if the Test match had started a day later he probably would have been
available for selection but it was too soon and he didn’t pass his fitness test
on the morning of the match.”
Regarding the injury to Steyn, Moosajee commented: “The only
fitness concern we have at the moment is Dale Steyn. He is still recovering
from the groin strain he sustained during this Test match. He will have a
fitness test two days before the second Test match before a final call on his
availability is made.”