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Injury concerns for Quinton de Kock, Trent Boult ahead of decider

Quinton de Kock picked up a finger injury during the second Test
Quinton de Kock picked up a finger injury during the second Test
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Injury concerns for South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and New Zealand's new-ball bowler Trent Boult makes them a doubtful starter for the third and deciding Test in Hamilton.

De Kock picked up a finger injury during the second Test in Wellington and will undergo scans to determine the extent of damage.

The 24-year-old played a vital knock of 91 runs in the first innings of the second Test as his partnership of 160 runs with Temba Bavuma proved vital in setting up the victory for the Proteas.

In the probability of de Kock missing the cut for the third Test, reserve wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen will make his debut for the visitors.

Klaasen has 3140 first-class runs from 51 matches at an average of 49 and is coming from a fabulous 195-run knock for Titans against Dolphins in the Sunfoil Series cup.

Meanwhile, Boult, who missed the second Test with an upper leg injury that he sustained in the Dunedin game hasn't been actively seen in the practice sessions as BJ Watling revealed that a call on the 27-year-old's inclusion will be taken later in the week.

With their eight-wicket win in the second game in Wellington, South Africa have taken an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series and will lock horns with New Zealand for the final game on 25th March.

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