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Van der Dussen in form for South Africa series in Australia


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Batsman Rassie van der Dussen has recovered from a broken finger to make South Africa’s squad on Monday for a three-Test series in Australia starting next month.

The Proteas also included uncapped fast bowler Gerald Coetzee and batsman named Theunis de Bruyn, who hasn’t played international cricket since 2019.

Goaltender-batsman Heinrich Klaasen was selected after Ryan Rickelton missed through injury.

South Africa will be without top-ranked batsman Keegan Petersen, who has been a regular at the all-important No. 3 position but is out with a hamstring injury sustained while playing domestic cricket.

Bowler Keshav Maharaj is part of the squad and Cricket South Africa said he should be fit in time even though he is currently undergoing treatment for a groin muscle injury.

Captain Dean Elgar’s Proteas play three tests against the Australians in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in December and early January. The series is a meeting of the top two teams in the World Test Championship standings, where Australia are first and South Africa are No. 2.

South Africa will come under interim head coach Malibongwe Maketa for the first time and it is Proteas’ first assignment since their shock exit at the Twenty20 World Cup this month after losing to the Netherlands.


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