Faf du Plessis may miss four day test against Zimbabwe
The return of South Africa’s cricket captain Faf du Plessis is in doubt on the eve of the four day test against Zimbabwe as he recovers from a viral infection.
Du Plessis has not played since injuring his back in October during a one-day-International against Bangladesh.
He told reporters on Sunday (December 24) that his progress in recovery had been good until he contracted a viral infection which meant his back was still painful.
Du Plessis said he was practicing on Sunday and on Monday (December 25) in an attempt to be fit for the start of the day/night four day test match against Zimbabwe which begins on December 26. Team management may delay a decision until the last minute available.
The South Africa said that he had been 80 percent likely to play but was now 60 percent likely.
The match, which is over four days instead of five, will feature night play using a pink ball rather than the traditional red. There have been four day test matches before, and many five day test matches do not last more than four days, but the format is seen as unusual because of its length and day/night aspect. It is designed to appeal to spectators with less time, and should prove cheaper to organise.
The South African captain said the new format should give opportunities to out-think and outsmart the opposition while easing South Africa back into test cricket after a break.
While Du Plessis may not be able to play it is possible that batsman AB de Villiers will make his return to the Proteas after an absence of two years.
If Du Plessis is ruled out then Dean Elgar may be given the captaincy, having stepped up to the role when Du Plessis could not be captain in the past.