South Africa worried over fitness of Maharaj, Shamsi ahead of second Test


Rawalpindi: South Africa are worried over the fitness problem of their spin duo – Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi just a day before the most important second Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Proteas head coach Mark Boucher has revealed that Maharaj felt pain in his rib during yesterday’s practice session.

“Kesh is a concern because he fleared up at practice yesterday (Tuesday). During a session, he turned around and felt some sort of pain in his rib area,” Boucher revealed in a virtual presser.

“It might be a minor little tear or a bruising but he bowled around 15 overs today just to really test himself and he felt fine. He said the pain was bearable,” he added.

Boucher said that they will look to check on him overnight how the injury goes. “So, we’ll wait and see how he recovers from the bowling he did today.”

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All-rounder Wiaan Mulder will be in line if Maharaj doesn’t feel good. “Wiann Mulder is certainly in the plans. He will add a different sort of look to the side as well, with the extra all-rounder position,” he maintained.

Talking about chinaman Shamsi, Boucher said they are still reluctant to take a gamble on his selection.

“Going into this game, Shamsi might be effective on this particular wicket. My concern is if he does bowl quite a few overs and wakes up the next morning and his back is sore again, and he’s not able to push through, then you’re stuck with one bowler light,” he added.

Note, Shamsi was replaced by Lungi Ngidi for the first Test at the very last moment after a left-arm unorthodox spinner suffered back pain

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