• Proteas wait on Bavuma, Klaasen fitness

    Batsmen Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen’s participation in Wednesday’s third and final T20I against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town is still in doubt.

    Bavuma and Klaasen have been sidelined by respective hamstring and hip injuries. Both are in contention for a berth in South Africa’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

    ‘They’re going to be doing fitness tests, so we’ll have to wait and see what the outcome is. Hopefully it’s positive,’ said assistant coach Enoch Nkwe.

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    Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks have opened the batting alongside captain Quinton de Kock in Bavuma’s absence.

    ‘We’ve missed him, but we have a big enough squad with good enough players that are flexible to bat in different positions,’ added Nkwe.

    ‘We have looked at it as an opportunity to see which other players can adapt. We know that we’ve got a World Cup coming, so we need to try different combinations.

    ‘In saying that, Temba has been playing well, so hopefully he will be back in the mix as soon as possible.’

    The three-match series is locked at 1-1. Australia won the first T20I at the Wanderers in Johannesburg by 107 runs. South Africa triumphed in the second match at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth by 12 runs.

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