South Africa suffered a blow during the ongoing four-day Test match against Zimbabwe, as Quinton de Kock sustained a hamstring strain on day one and is now doubtful to keep wickets not just during the historic Test, but also for the India series. In fact, the strain might rule him out of the Test series opener as well.

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AB de Villiers, who marked his comeback to Test cricket after 23 months, kept wickets for de Kock but he will not do the job during India series, as he had already given up this duty in all the formats. Though he is expected to the job during the ongoing Test match,

“If he (Quinton de Kock) wakes up feeling 100% and the scans are clear then he could still keep wicket on day two, but that is very unlikely,” Team manager Dr Mohammad Moosajee said.

South African selectors are yet to announce the squad for the Test series against India and should de Kock fail to regain fitness, he can sit out for the first game.

Talking of the historic Test match, South Africa hold a strong position over the game, as after declaring on a score of 309 in 78.3 overs, the home bowlers toppled Zimbabwe batting lineup.

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Comeback bowler Morne Morkel grabbed a wicket on the first delivery of Zimbabwe’s innings when he trapped Hamilton Masakadza in front of the stumps. He followed up with two more wickets. Vernon Philander too scalped a wicket by dismissing Craig Ervine and left Zimbabwe reeling with a score of 30/4 at stumps.

The way South African bowlers bowled on day one, there are high chances that they might bowl out Zimbabwe twice on Wednesday itself in case the team decides not to enforce the follow-on.

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