Captain Faf du Plessis and spearhead Dale Steyn will undergo fitness tests ahead of South Africa’s opening World Twenty20 game in Chittagong, the skipper said on Friday.
Both du Plessis and Steyn took part in team practice on Friday but have not fully recovered from hamstring injuries.
“It’s been a pretty intense week for Dale and myself trying to make sure we are 100 percent ready for the game tomorrow,” du Plessis said, ahead of the match against world No. 1 Twenty20 team Sri Lanka.
“As of now we are still assessing, we both will do a fitness test tomorrow to see where we are. We seem to be okay, but we will have a look at it tomorrow to see how the hami (hamstring) is doing.”
du Plessis missed both the warm-up matches ahead of the tournament while Steyn limped off after bowling 2.2 overs against Bangladesh ‘A’ on Tuesday.
Both missed the warm-up tie against Pakistan on Wednesday.
du Plessis said he didn’t face problems in batting. “Batting is 100 percent fine. I don’t feel anything, it’s just when you are sprinting. Pace wise I am up to about 70 per cent, hopefully we can crank that up to around 90-95.”
South Africa’s one-day captain A.B. de Villiers is likely to lead in case du Plessis is ruled out on Saturday. — AFP