Standard Bank Proteas and bizhub Highveld Lions pace bowler Kagiso Rabada is eager to return to action for this week’s third Test against England at The Oval after serving a one match suspension for disciplinary reasons.
Rabada has been hard at work during his suspension, while most of the players returned physically and mentally refreshed at the squad’s practice on Monday after a week-long break.
He will be looking to grow his tally of 77 wickets in 18 Tests since his debut late in 2015, which includes becoming the youngest South African to take 10 wickets in a Test match with his match haul of 13/144 against England last year.
Past scores at The Oval suggest more batting-friendly conditions compared to the seam and pace at Trent Bridge, which makes the return of Rabada’s raw pace a timely one.
Bowling coach Charl Langeveldt expects the 22-year-old to mark his return with an impressive display.
“He is the type of guy who steps up when the heat is on. Having KG back is a big bonus for us. He is a youngster with a lot of energy, he will come with a lot of energy. I have no doubt he will step up.”
"He has been positive," Langeveldt added. "He was obviously disappointed about what happened but he has learned from that.
"The important thing about an incident like this is to learn from it so that it doesn't happen again. KG is a strong character and he was positive the whole week and wants to be ready for the Test."
Meanwhile coach Russell Domingo has re-joined the Proteas squad after returning to South Africa following the death of his mother and JP Duminy - who featured in the first Test but was dropped at Trent Bridge - has been released and will return home.