South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17 March 22, 2017

De Kock, Boult both still in doubt for Hamilton Test


Quinton de Kock suffered the injury during the Wellington Test © AFP

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been taken for a scan on his right index finger, which he hurt during the Wellington Test.

De Kock injured himself in the field and South Africa will wait for results of the scan before making any calls on his availability for the Hamilton Test. De Kock was not present at the start of Wednesday's training session but was set to join the squad later.

South Africa have a reserve gloveman in their squad, the Titans wickektkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, who is yet to make his international debut.

New Zealand also have an injury concern ahead of the third Test, with fast bowler Trent Boult recovering from an upper leg injury. Boult has bowled lightly for the last two days but New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watlingt said Boult was not yet 100% fit and a call on his availability would be taken later in the week.

The third Test begins at Seddon Park on Saturday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Brokensaint on March 22, 2017, 19:56 GMT

    well having a guy that averages 50 to replace him is not a bad thing at all. klassen is a class act for sure

  • Brokensaint on March 22, 2017, 19:54 GMT

    knnoko not sure what you are referring to but duminy has had a career or 9 odd years and surely in those years one should have at least relayed the faith shown in him by the public. this is international sport it's not bingo or school athletics where everyone deserves to be there by the fact of tokenism. it's a harsh reality but it's a j9b like any other but like a job in the world out there if you don't do your job you should not be there easy as that. yes faf was in a similar position difference being faf actually made strong contributions along the way. duminy sadly for the type of talent he has its a major disappointment. at 33 years of age he is definitely not going to get better or more mature. he gets treated differently that is what's the problem is.

  • John on March 22, 2017, 14:58 GMT

    If you have a reserve keeper with a first-class average of 49, I'd play him. De Kock can be rested. I wouldn't have him as a batsman - fielding with a bad finger is not a good idea - De Kock needs to be kept 100% fit.

  • Nix on March 22, 2017, 11:27 GMT

    Cant believe there are actually people who think that jp is a good player. DO you know that he has 4 ODI hundreds - 3 against Zimbabwe and 1 against Netherlands. I mean Seriously!!! His test match average is pathetic. He shares a batting line up with batsmen averaging between 40 to 50. He is the only senior member in the team with such a pathetic record - even a youngster like de kock who bats at 7 has a better record than JP. JP is just a seriously overhyped player. There is not special about the guy. Any other quality player of colour in our current domestic setup can achieve what he has up untill now in his career.

  • Dwain on March 22, 2017, 11:19 GMT

    I sometimes wonder have the people calling for Markram and De Bryn ever watched them bat in whites? or is it just a rhetoric?

  • Paul on March 22, 2017, 10:36 GMT

    KNNOKO - correction, JP Duminy has been delivering below par scores for a decade, which is why his Test batting average flounders in the low 30s and is an underachievement of note. Nothing personal, based on an underwhelming career despite a long, long run in the Test team.

  • khutso on March 22, 2017, 8:40 GMT

    It has got to a point were its becoming personal when it comes to JP, people forget that Faf was in the same boat as JP during the ind and eng series. Duminy is a very good player by any matric you choose and by the current selection policy he deserves to be in the side just as much as everybody else. Everyone of the top 6 or 7 if you like has had below par scores through out the season.

  • mabson9871691 on March 22, 2017, 7:22 GMT

    Would be good for TDB to come in for JP, those 4 wickets JP took ruined everything. It would be just like him to come in at 200/2 and score 130 at a SR of 80 and secure his spot for the whole england series! Please faf drop him

  • mabson9871691 on March 22, 2017, 7:20 GMT

    Nothing is ever straightforward in SA. My theory: His finger is fine, they just don't want Cook to play in final test. They will send him to open and bring in Klassen at 7 to keep.

  • A on March 22, 2017, 6:47 GMT

    He should be rested as there is a big summer ahead. Klaasen has an excellent FC record and a good opportunity to test him. Developing a keeper/batsmen is not a bad strategy for SA as it could allow QdK to abandon the gloves and bat further up. The only problem with QdK abandoning the gloves is that there would be a temptation for him to take them up if the designated WK got injured which would have serious impact on balance as it's not feasible to keep for 130 overs and then expect to have any chance of carrying your bat.

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