Proteas given a clean bill of health on eve of series against England

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  • The Proteas squad have all returned negative Covid-19 tests ahead of their T20 and ODI series against England.
  • There is one injury in the camp as Dwaine Pretorius picked up a hamstring strain that will keep him off the field for up to four week.
  • There will be no replacement for Pretorius in the Proteas squad.

There was good news from the Proteas camp on Thursday evening as the full squad all returned negative results from their Covid-19 tests conducted on the eve of their T20 and ODI series' against England.

Last week, two players were placed in isolation after they tested positive for Covid-19.

Should any of the players have tested positive in the fourth round of testing on Thursday, there was a significant chance that the first T20 would have had to be cancelled but now it will go ahead as scheduled on Friday, 27 November at Newlands, starting at 18:00.

Another round of Covid-19 tests will take place between the T20 and ODI series. 

Meanwhile on the injury front, Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius is out of the England series due to a hamstring injury with a recovery time of "three to four weeks".

Pretorius has been released from the bubble and will re-join the Lions squad where he will continue his recovery.

The Proteas team doctor acknowledged that it was an unusual injury, which the 31-year-old sustained during a team practice session at Newlands.

Manjra revealed that a change in Pretorius' bowling action could've resulted in the all-rounder's injury.

"Dwaine used to bowl with a bent front leg and about 12 weeks ago, he kind of changed his action to try and improve and increase his speed," said Manjra.

"Perhaps the change in bowling action may have had a role to play in Dwaine's injury but hopefully it makes him a fast bowler. This is one of the risks of changing your bowling action because you're using completely different bio-mechanics, different muscle groups and strains."

The CSA team doctor added that they would not call up a replacement player to the now 23-man squad.

Meanwhile, South Africa 'A' coach Malibongwe Maketa has also joined the Proteas camp as "extra cover" to assist the team after one of the coaches picked up a minor injury.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff


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