'Rusty' Rabada pain-free and ready to fire

Kagiso Rabada (Getty)
Kagiso Rabada (Getty)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says he took a lot from Friday's World Cup warm-up against Sri Lanka in Cardiff. 

The Proteas emerged as comfortable 87-run winners, but the match was more about getting players some much-needed time out in the middle. 

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Rabada has been a fitness concern in the build-up to the tournament ever since he was removed from the IPL with a back strain, and this outing was important for him to show that he has fully recovered. 

Figures of 1/40 in seven overs showed that Rabada is nowhere near his best, but speaking after the match he said he was satisfied with the progress. 

"I felt a bit rusty, but it was good to get a run out in the middle and get a feel for things again," he said.

"There's no pain. I'm feeling alright, just rusty in terms of my bowling smoothness. But it's all a work in progress. 

"That's why we have warm-up games so it'll be a challenge for me to get ready before the tournament starts.

"I've got my own cues I need to work on. I know that I just need to analyse a bit what happened against Sri Lanka and just work on a few things. 

"I'm not really thinking about it too much. It's just a case of running in and focussing on my cues."

The Proteas have one more warm-up match against West Indies in Bristol on Sunday before their tournament opener against England at The Oval on May 30.

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