The Proteas are sweating over the fitness of batsman, Themba Bavuma, ahead of the second cricket test match against Australia starting in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The South Africans are under pressure to win this match after losing the first encounter in Durban.  Bavuma suffered a hand injury in January and could not recover in time for the first test.

If he passes the fitness test, he is likely to replace Theuns de Bruyn in the team. Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, says their medical staff is still assessing Bavuma.

“I think he is batting free. I think it’s the power in the hands that he is still getting that back. Obviously, it’s little bit different to us with our finger injuries.  You can take your finger off the bat, but your hand is always on the back. So as far I understand, he is pain free it’s just the power, that is probably about 80%.”

Meanwhile, Australian captain Steve Smith, says they’ve named an unchanged team. He referred briefly to the spat between Quinton de Kock and David Warner, which saw both players receiving fines and demerit points.

“Yeah we’ all good now obviously there have a lot going on in the couple of days. The guys trained hard yesterday few boys going to have a little bit of it today, it’s a pretty quiet session. They ready to go for this match, obviously a quick turnaround between the first game and this one: and we played a good game in Durban,” he said.