August 18, 2022
England vs SA – 2022

According to coach Mark Boucher, getting Kagiso Rabada fit for the first Test against England on 17 August is “the biggest priority for our Test team”. Rabada missed both the third T20I against England and against Ireland after injuring his left ankle, but South Africa are hopeful that he will be ready for the red-ball leg of the tour.
“KG bowled a little today and he’ll bowl a little tomorrow. He looks fine. But we’ll try to work him back. He’s a little underweight at the moment but we’ll do everything in our power to try.” And make him fit for the first Test,” Boucher said after South Africa beat Ireland 2-0.

“That’s the biggest priority for our Test side – firing KG. We know he’s an important part of the team. That’s our biggest goal: to try and get him fit for the first Test.”

Rabada hasn’t been at his best in recent times, even before getting injured. After being rested for the ODI series, he returned to play two T20Is, bowling seven overs in two matches and taking 1 for 75. Earlier, Rabada played in South Africa’s series in India and bowled in four matches with 13 overs to spare. 2 wickets for 86 runs. He has not played Test cricket since South Africa’s tour of New Zealand in February, where he was their leading wicket-taker, and missed the series against Bangladesh which clashed with the IPL.

If Rabada doesn’t recover in time for the first Test, it will be another big blow for South Africa. They do not already have white-ball captain and Test vice-captain Temba Bavuma on this tour after recovering from an elbow injury. There are six other seamers in his Test squad: Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje (who hasn’t played Tests for over a year), Marco Janssen, Duane Olivier, Lutho Cipamla and Glenton Stuurmann.

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