Migael Pretorius launched however South Africa can nonetheless decide from eight pace-bowling choices
Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who has performed one Check for South Africa, has been added to their squad for the New 12 months’s Check on the Wanderers. Hendricks was a part of the unique 15-man squad that was introduced on December 11 however needed to be withdrawn for causes associated to Covid-19.
Though CSA doesn’t disclose the names of contaminated gamers, due to doctor-patient confidentiality, coach Mark Boucher indicated Hendricks had been affected by the virus and was present process assessments to find out if he may enter the bio-bubble and rejoin the group. “Beuran goes via medical protocols to come back into the bubble. He has wanted to have one or two Covid assessments in addition to checking what his antibody assessments are,” Boucher mentioned on the conclusion of the Boxing Day Check.
Hendricks’ inclusion comes after Migael Pretorius, who was known as as much as the Check as cowl on December 16, needed to be launched due to a shoulder harm. It nonetheless leaves South Africa with at the very least eight pace-bowling choices for the second Check: the 4 chosen for the primary Check – Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla and Wiaan Mulder – in addition to Kagiso Rabada, Glenton Stuurman, Dwaine Pretorius and Hendricks.
Though it might seem South Africa are stocking up on seamers to go all tempo on what is predicted to be a spicy monitor, Boucher mentioned he was “not a fan” of going right into a Check with out a spinner, which ought to go away Keshav Maharaj’s place safe. In the meantime, Rabada, who was added to the squad through the Centurion Check after recovering from a groin harm, is not a certain starter as South Africa look to monitor his workload.
The identical could be mentioned of Stuurman, who was anticipated to debut at SuperSport Park however missed out due to a niggle.
Which means Hendricks might come into rivalry to earn his second Check cap at his dwelling floor. Hendricks debuted on the Bullring in January in opposition to England and took six wickets within the match, together with 5 for 64 within the second innings.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent