Injury rules Bavuma out of Boxing Day Test

Thursday, 26 Dec, 2019

Jacques Kallis, one of South Africa's greats, has been brought in as a batting consultant - again by Smith - and there's also a new bowling coach. He'll stay within the camp and start his rehabilitation program with the group's medical workers with the objective of returning to play inside seven to 10 days, the cricket board additional stated.

South Africa will host England for four Tests, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer were badly affected throughout the team's first week in South Africa but despite missing both warm-up matches, the pair have rallied and are now expected to play.

Jimmy Anderson makes his record-breaking 150th Test appearance knowing he will have to be protected by England if he is fulfil his ambition of one last Ashes tour in 2021.

Ben Stokes' father was in a critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital on Tuesday and cast a shadow over the buildup to England's test series in South Africa. Bavuma is a part of the team that involves call-ups to Pieter Malan, Dane Patterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorious, Beauran Hendricks and Rassie Van Der Dussen. They were thumped three-zip in India in October - although they are not alone in suffering there - and, more alarmingly, lost to Sri Lanka at home at the start of the year.

'It will be a really proud moment because not many people have played 150 Tests for their country, ' said Anderson. The couple were overjoyed by their son's World Cup heroics and even appeared on Good Morning Britain via videolink the day after the historic win at Lord's, where they were interviewed by Piers Morgan.

"Vern has been the leader of the attack for a long time in all conditions, especially in South Africa", said Du Plessis.

Live Cricket Streaming South Africa v England - bet365's live cricket streaming page which enables you to watch live cricket. "We will have to keep them monitored over the next couple of days and see how things go".

Jack Leach is also struggling having failed to shake off the illness, but England were already erring towards going into the game without a specialist spinner. If Pope or Stokes are unavailable, Jonny Bairstow will come in after being dropped for the New Zealand tour.