South African captain Faf du Plessis recovered more quickly than expected from a shoulder injury and will return to action in the third ODI against Zimbabwe. Du Plessis had initially been ruled out of the series, but had continued to travel with the team and has now been approved by the medical staff of Proteas.
"I've also been training hard with the guys and I'm excited to be back on the field," said du Plessis, who had been recovering from his second shoulder injury in less than a year. He underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late 2017, and missed the end of Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa in August of this year with a rotator cuff tear on the same shoulder.
The CSA medical team did not want to accelerate his comeback, but now that he's in shape, du Plessis's focus will once again be on leading the team as they move towards the "greater purpose" of the World Cup. "The boys are motivated," he said. "We are not only looking at what we have in front of us now, there is a bigger purpose and we are pressing for what is to come." At no time will we be taking it in. The boys are still trying to impress and are trying to get in. That side of the world Cup ".
South Africa's batting has yet to make a good impression in this series, and the hosts slid to 96 for 5 and 101 for 7 on difficult surfaces in the first two games. While the return of du Plessis will reinforce a side that is still missing Hashim Amla and Quinton from Kock at the top of the order, that will also mean that there is a less available place for a newcomer and additional pressure to fill the remaining positions.
"" Players are motivated and motivated to put on performances to put their names on the hat for the World Cup selection, "he explained." As a team, we are still trying to find our feet as to how we are going to play exactly in the World Cup. There are some exceptional players who are fantastic to watch. "
Du Plessis has been impressed by the bowling game against Zimbabwe, making a particular mention of Imran Tahir's ability to knock down the middle, but reiterated the hope for a better batting surface in Paarl to give batters the opportunity to express themselves fully The two pitches used in Kimberley and Bloemfontein were played off the character, with the variable rebound of Mangaung Oval for criticism.
"The game Bowling has been exceptional once again, "said du Plessis." We have some good options to take cards in all the innings. In that we are working to improve, from 11 to 50 years, we want to continue obtaining land, Imran has been exceptional. With batting, it's too difficult. "Saying where we've been leaving it too short or that we've been good because it's been quite challenging for the hitters.
" It's been hard (hitting) with the windows we've been playing with. . One or two boys look good, but from the point of view of the batting unit it has been difficult for them. I hope that tomorrow is very different. It seems like a good window. That's what you want to see, you want great races on the board and games that go on a bit longer. "