Both South Africa and Australia would be playing the third Test without there primary pace attack. While South African quick Kagiso Rabada would remain suspended, Mitchell Starc, the Australian pacer might be dropped due to injury concerns. In second Test at Port Elizabeth, Starc injured his calf and now he has been under rest since more than a week. He has recovered, but his selection is not confirmed yet.
Starc will undergo training session, which would determine his selection. Australia team is hoping to play him but the selectors are also ready with substitute players. Cameron Bancroft hopes, “he will be ok” by the practice session. Earlier, Starc missed the Boxing Day Test due to a similar issue.
Two bowlers Jhye Richardson and Chadd Sayers are lined up as the next selections to replace Starc. But, both of them does not seem as adequate bets to replace the player. In the first test, Starc played as the match winner taking nine-wickets. On the other hand, the other options in the team comprising of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummings has almost out of form with an average of more than 30 runs. Therefore, Australia cannot afford losing Starc at any sense, but might be at par South Africa losing Rabada for the latter campaigns.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada missed the training sessions fastened to his hearing appeal. The incident involving Smith was discussed with judicial commissioner Michael Heron. The final verdict would be delivered by the latter within 48 hours of the meeting. Hence, South Africa will have to play the third test without the bowler. If the team cannot get back him, Morne Morkel or Chris Morris would be played. Also, Vernon Philander might prove as a strong bet. The bowler has a good record at Newlands.
Rabada earlier regret the incident and his attitude in the game. He realized, he “must obey the rules”. The bowler said sometimes they bowl against the bet players and it should be rubbed into their faces. He also added such incidences “not the best for children to see”.
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