The four-match Test series has reached an interesting phase with South African facing a set back with a ban on their primary fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. The number one fast bower has been banned for the next two Tests against Australia courtesy an accumulation of too many demerit points.
However, if this wasn’t enough for a drama in the Test series, Australia’s primary fast blower Mitchell Starc is under an injury cloud ahead of the third Test. Starc suffered a sore calf after the end of the second Test and had avoided training with the rest of the Australian team on Monday morning.
Starc would have to get past a fitness test to play the next match of the series. The left arm fast bowler has been in exceptional form in the ongoing series.
Starc picked up 9/109 in the first Test and helped Australia win the first Test. However, the second Test didn’t go their way, and the series is currently levelled at 1-1 with two more matches go.
After the second Test Starc said:
“The footmarks were a bit uncomfortable, [33.4] overs in the first innings takes a bit of a toll on the body. (I’m) all good, though. We’ve got a fair few days off to rest up and refresh mentally and physically and get ready for Cape Town.”
However, Australia have good news as Mitchell Marsh bowled during the training session. He will be fit for the third Test to be played in Cape Town.
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