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South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada expected to be fully fit ahead of World Cup


South African injured speedster Kagiso Rabada is expected to be fully fit following his back injury before South Africa’s opening match against England at the ICC World Cup 2019.

The news was confirmed by Cricket South Africa’s (CA) doctor Mohammed Moosajee over the weekend. It is obviously a great news for the South Africa fans as well as for the cricket fans.

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Rabada had been advised to return home by Cricket South Africa (CSA), as a precautionary measure ahead of the summer’s showpiece event after he suffered from a back niggle in the later stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL). So he returned home without playing the playoff stage of the tournament to continue his recovery and to take much needed rest ahead of the World Cup.

Mohammed Moosajee said that South Africa’s medical team was being “extra cautious” in handling Rabada’s injury problem because he had a previous history of suffering from injury in his back. He confirmed that it will take two or three weeks more for the pacer to be fit again. That means Rabada should be available in the opening match of the upcoming World Cup.

“With KG [Rabada]‚ we are additional careful in light of two reasons,” Moosajee said on CSA’s official site. “He had a back issue that kept him out of the game for an extended measure of time. Secondly‚ there’s his significance in the squad‚ so we’re dealing with his recovery and his arrival to play in all respects cautiously.

“The anticipated recovery time frame for KG’s damage is two to three weeks and we are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery to be a part of the World Cup squad.”

Rabada had been in superb form in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was the highest wicket-taker before he returned home following his injury. He took 25 wickets in 12 matches for his franchise Delhi Capitals whereas the highest wicket-taker of the IPL his team-mate Imran Tahir took 26 wickets in 17 matches for Chennai Super Kings.

South Africa will begin their World Cup against England in the opening match on June 30 at The Oval.

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