South Africa’s Vernon Philander is set to miss the first Test against Pakistan on Boxing Day due to a thumb injury. The seamer, who had only recently returned to action after an ankle problem, has suffered a hairline fracture on his right thumb.
South Africa have just three fit quicks for the first Test of the three-match series – Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn – and coach Ottis Gibson says his team are stretched ahead of the opener against Pakistan at Supersport Park.
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“I really don’t even want to think about what would happen should there be another injury,” he said, as reported by ESPN cricinfo.
He added: “If you look at where we are, Steyn, Rabada and Olivier become very important to us. We just want to manage them as best we can.
We’ve seen how Dale’s been going. I don’t want to say we’ve seen a transformation because he’s always been a top player, but he’s back to full fitness and performing like the player of old. KG [Rabada] as always is very important to us.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.