Morkel, Duminy set to return, Steyn doubtful for second Test

Morkel, Duminy set to return, Steyn doubtful for second Test
JP Duminy is all set to return for the second Test against India in Bangalore.
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South African cricketers, Morne Morkel and JP Duminy are set to make a return after recovering from their injuries while fast bowler Dale Steyn is doubtful for the second Test against India in Bangalore.

In the third One-Day International against India in Rajkot, Duminy split the webbing of his left hand and has been on the bench ever since.

Morkel also was unable to take part in the final two ODIs of the five-match series due to a muscle strain in his leg and was also not picked for the first Test match in Mohali.

However, South Africa’s team manager, Mohammed Moosajee expressed confidence that both Duminy and Morkel will be available for selection for the second Test match.

"JP Duminy had the stitches removed from this right hand laceration two days ago.

“He will have a net session in the next couple of days and should be available for selection for the second Test match in Bengaluru.

"Morne Morkel has fully recovered from a right quad strain, if the (first) Test had started a day later he probably would have been available for selection.”

South Africa were hit with another injury concern when Steyn pulled up with a groin strain and was unable to bowl in the whole of the second innings.

Admitting that Steyn’s injury is a cause of concern for South Africa, Moosajee revealed that the 32-year-old pacer will undergo a fitness test on Saturday.

"The only fitness concern we have at the moment is Dale Steyn.

“He is still recovering from the groin strain he sustained during this Test match.

“He will have a fitness test two days before the second Test match before a final call on his availability is made.”

Having conceded a 1-0 lead to India by losing the first Test, South Africa will be keen to level the series in the second game which will get underway on 14th November in Bangalore.

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