Dwaine Pretorius. (Getty Images)
- The proteas are a nervous wait after a fourth round of coronavirus tests before the England series.
- CSA medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra says that if a number of players test positive, Friday’s opening T20 at Newlands will be canceled.
- Proteas al-Rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been released from the squad after sustaining a hamstring injury.
D Proteas Are facing a tense few hours like Cricket South Africa (CSA) Awaits the results of the fourth round of Cowid 19 testing before the England series.
Two players in the 24-man squad have already tested positive, with the last positive fall in the team bubble.
The unnamed duo were not part of the third testing round and remain in isolation, and CSA said they were “good and sound healthy”.
The first player, who was tested positive before entering the bubble last week, is now isolated in a hotel room at Cape Town’s CBD.
Tuesday’s third round of testing came back with no positive Covid-19 results confirmed.
However, it is Thursday’s fourth round test that could determine the fate of Friday’s opening T20 in Newlands.
When asked what will happen if a positive test comes ahead of Friday’s game, CSA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Shuaib Manjra Revealed that if a number of players – from either side – will test positive, the game will probably be canceled.
Manjra confirmed that the team will receive their results later on Thursday, with an update expected to be provided by CSA.
“It’s stressful, you’re waiting for the results to come back … the eight or 24 hour stress that we go through waiting for whatever happens …” said Manjra.
“It probably will not be a game. If you have a lot of positives, you have quarantined contacts and you can not bring other players without breaking them, we have to try them at least twice before we bring them into the room.”
Manjra revealed that both teams would perform a fifth round of testing between the T20 and ODI.
Meanwhile on the injury front, proteas all-round 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 rejoin the Lions squad where he will continue his recovery.
The proteas team doctor acknowledged that this was an unusual injury, which the 31-year-old sustained during a team practice session in Newlands.
Manjra revealed that a change in Pretorius’ bowling action could have resulted in the Al-Rounder’s injury.
“Dwoine used to shoot with a bent forefinger, and about 12 weeks ago he slightly changed his action to try and improve his speed,” Manjra said.
“Perhaps the change in bowling action may have a role to play in Dwayne’s injury, but hopefully it makes him a fast bowler. This is one of the risks of changing your bowling action because you use completely different bio-mechanics groups and strains. “
The CSA team doctor added that they would not call 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.
The game is scheduled to start at 6pm on Friday.
Quinton de Kock (capt), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne