Faf du Plessis set to begin training

The South African skipper, who missed the majority of the limited-overs series against India, is keen to prove fitness ahead of home series against Australia.

The right-handed batsman — who couldn’t save his team from the embarassing 5-1 loss to India in the ODI series recently — is expected to begin training on Thursday.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

 

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is on course to prove his fitness ahead of the four-match Test series against Australia starting on March 1.

The right-handed batsman — who couldn’t help his team from the embarassing 5-1 loss to India in the ODI series recently — is expected to begin training on Thursday.

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Du Plessis only appeared in the first ODI at Kingsmead, Durban where he scored 120; a fracture on his right index finger ruled him out of the remainder of the series.

"He will start batting tomorrow and we are hopeful he will come through that and be available to captain the team for the first Test against Australia," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a news release from Cricket South Africa.

Sportstar also understands that Temba Bavuma, the middle-order batsman, will play a club game on Sunday to prove his fitness. He also recovered from a hand fracture.

The Proteas have not beaten the Aussies at home since 1969-70.