Town - The Proteas take
on Zimbabwe in the 2nd of three One Day Internationals (ODI) in Bloemfontein on
Wednesday, and the possibility of a Dale
Steyn return is a major talking point heading into the
Steyn, who last played an ODI
against Australia almost two years ago, was left out of the side that beat
Zimbabwe by five-wickets in Sunday's opening ODI in Kimberley.
But, with the Proteas leadership
acknowledging that player rotation would be a key factor of this series, Steyn
could come into the mix when the sides are named.
Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi
have formed a destructive new ball pairing for the hosts lately, and if Steyn
is to return it would likely see one of those two rested.
It might make more sense to let
Rabada, arguably South Africa's biggest weapon going into next year's World
Cup, put his feet up.
Ngidi was named man-of-the-match
in the 1st ODI with figures of 3/19,
and the brains trust might want to let him keep going given that he has only
played 9 ODIs to date.
The other two players who missed
out in the 1st ODI that will be hoping to get a run in Bloemfontein are Khaya
Zondo and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Play starts at 13:30.