Kagiso Rabada, who had been out of action for the last three months will return to the South Africa’s squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on July 12 at Galle.
Meanwhile, Rabada also missed the Indian Premier League due to the injury. However, the top-ranked Test bowler has now fully recovered from the lower back injury he sustained in April.
Ahead of the game, Rabada admitted he is happy with the progress and has bowled long spells in the nets. He further revealed this kind of injury is common among bowlers and it will not hold him back.
“We played a warm-up game and all of the seamers bowled 12 overs. I have also been bowling some long spells in the nets, I bowled again today, so all is well. I am happy with where I am at the moment,” he said of making a successful comeback. “A stress reaction is very common in bowlers, it shouldn’t hold me back,” he added.
Rabada, meanwhile, will play in Sri Lanka for the first time. He made his debut against India in the subcontinent three years back, when he played three matches.
The seamer also talked in detail about the various challenged faced by a pacer in subcontinent pitches.
“We are playing on the sub-continent so it is generally harder for seamers,” he explained. “I have to play a role wherever I am playing in the world. The role we have to play here will be different to playing back home, I will try and fulfill the role. There isn’t much movement or bounce,” he said of the challenges. ” You have to get your wickets differently, and because there isn’t much pace, most of the wickets will be in front of the batter, not behind the batter,” he concluded.