After the third ODI, India-South Africa series is at 3-0 with three more matches to go. This is not such that the series is locked for either side, but it is definitely sure that it has already slipped away from South Africa’s grip. The team’s woeful form in the series was all assumed to be the result of injury-stricken players, dropping away from game. AB de Villiers was dropped due to a finger injury in the fourth Test of the previous series. The injury kept him away from the first three matches and now, as the player is deemed fit, he is set to play the fourth match.
Ahead of the fourth match at the Wanderers, AB de Villiers is brought back to the ODI squad for the next three fixtures. The player will undergo a practice session a day before the match for the final evaluation. His play and form in the session will determine his inclusion in the fourth ODI. His inclusion will render further changes in the current batting order. The batsman is most likely to bat third or fourth down the line pushing the middle order. Also, to make the slot available for him, either David Miller or Khaya Zondo will be rested.
South Africa might also have another addition in the line-up. Farhaan Behardien might be included in the team, which would make both Zondo and Miller to leave the side. Behardien was added to replace Faf du Plessis in the second ODI. He played the second and the third fixture so far. The team so far lost another top batsman Quinton de Kock, weakening their stance further.
The fourth match at Wanderers is a pink ball ODI. The match will be played as a campaign for breast cancer awareness. South Africa has a special record for remaining unbeaten so far in any red-ball match in the format. The selectors are particularly keen to bring AB de Villiers into the fixture because of his impressive record in pink ball tournaments as well as at the Wanderers.
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