March 13, 2002

South African fast bowler David Terbrugge to have fitness test

South African fast bowler David Terbrugge will be given the once over by physiotherapist Craig Smith on Thursday to ensure that he is fit enough to play in the third and final Castle Lager/MTN Test match against Australia starting at Kingsmead on Friday.

Terbrugge finished the Highveld Strikers' SuperSport Shield match against North West at the weekend with painful shins, and although a scan has revealed no injury and Terbrugge was able to bowl on Wednesday morning, Smith will have a look at him in Durban.

"I've spoken to David and his doctor on the phone and they both sounded confident that he'd be OK to play," said Smith. "But because he only gets into Durban on Wednesday night, I haven't had a chance to look at him myself. It seems that it's just a bit of soreness which we can sort out with massage."

Following a spate of injuries, retirements and withdrawals, South Africa can ill-afford to have their preparations disrupted again, even if the series is already dead. Terbrugge, too, will be anxious to make his Test match comeback after last playing against the West Indies three years ago.