Mitchell Starc © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc © Getty Images

South Africa are concerned about Kagiso Rabada‘s inclusion for the third Test. On Monday, Rabada’s hearing on his much-talked about ban stretched for over six hours. The final verdict will be out soon. But, Australia aren’t quite comfortable, either, as there is concern regarding the availability of Mitchell Starc for the Cape Town Test. Starc missed out on the practice session due to a calf niggle. It remains to be seen whether he will sit out for the penultimate Test, starting Thursday.

However, opening batsman Cameron Bancroft sounded optimistic of Starc’s participation: “Sometimes the bowlers just work their way into the games a little bit differently. His preparation might be a little bit different going into this game. I think in the past, he’s bowled a couple of days out and had that third day as a bit of a rest day. Hopefully he’ll bowl [on Tuesday], I’m sure he’ll be ok.”

On the other hand, Mitchell Marsh was seen bowling during a centre-wicket practice on Monday. Marsh had finished the second Test as an injury concern, but appears to be on the road to recovery after the mid-series break.

“He’s had four really important days off as it has been for everyone, especially our fast bowlers who’ve spent a lot of time bowling over the past six months for us,” said Bancroft. “Mitch has been working through his stuff and had a bowl. I assume he’ll pick that up leading up to the game on Thursday and I’m sure he’ll be fine,” added Bancroft.

South Africa and Australia will start the third Test, at Cape Town, from March 22 with the series levelled at 1-1.