Heinrich Klaasen might make debut for South Africa in absence of Quinton de Kock    Getty Images
Heinrich Klaasen might make debut for South Africa in absence of Quinton de Kock Getty Images

Wellington: South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and New Zealand pacer Trent Boult both are in doubt for the third and the final Test beginning March 25 at Seddon Park as both are suffering from an injury. De Kock, who injured himself in the field during the second Test in Wellington which the Proteas won by eight-wickets at the Basin Reserve, was not present at the start of Wednesday’s training session but was set to join the squad later, reports ESPNcricinfo. However, in case De Kock fails to be fit for the final Test, the visitors have reserve gloveman, Heinrich Klaasen, in their squad. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

“We will make a late call on his availability for the match [third Test in Hamilton] on Friday after he undergoes a fitness test with protective strapping to see if he will be able to bat or keep wicket. Either way, he is going to need a protected period of recovery which will take between 4-6 weeks. In the long-term, there is every likelihood of him missing out on the IPL because of the expected recovery time,” Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

“Being a wicket-keeper, every time he catches the ball there is strain on the finger and it makes it difficult to allow for sufficient time to recover. If he does not have the 4-6 weeks’ recovery time, further activity could aggravate the injury and it could even jeopardise his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the full tour to England,” Moosajee said in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) statement.

On the other hand, Boult is recovering from an upper leg injury and is in doubt for the last Test. According to New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling, Boult is not yet 100 percent fit and the team management would take the final call on his availability later this week. Speaking on the upcoming match, Watling said, “This is a very important game coming up for us. I don’t think we will judge our season on that last game. But we might on this one. We’ve got to take better options and make better decisions than what we did in that last innings.” New Zealand vs South Africa: Duanne Olivier released ahead of 3rd Test

He also heaped praise on South African bowlers, “They bowled very well and put us under pressure and there were some testing spells. We’ve got to get through those spells and make sure we are not slacking at the other end.”

Watling wants to continue batting at No. 7 as that would affect his wicketkeeping skills, “My role has always been No.7, for the majority of my keeping days,” he said. “Keeping can be quite tough and a mental drain sometimes, focusing on every ball in the field and with batting at No.7, you get a bit of a break.”

(With inputs from PTI)