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    Proteas 7-down as Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen add to MIA list

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    Proteas head coach Mark Boucher is doubtful Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen will be fit for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan.

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    The Proteas are already five first-choice players down after Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi all left for the IPL and therefore could go into the four-match T20I series without seven first-choice players including the captain.

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    Heinrich Klaasen appears most likely to take over as skipper.

    Cricinfo reports that the Proteas are set to be without their two key players for the start of the T20 series on Saturday.

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    Van der Dussen was a late withdrawal from the ODI team that lost by 28 runs to Pakistan on Wednesday.

    The right-hander has proved prolific of late for South Africa, averaging over 80 in ODIs.

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    The 32-year-old – who suffered a quad strain – remains in doubt for the T20 series.

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    “I’d be stupid to try and push him to play these T20 games, he’s staying with the squad and hoping for a quick turnaround – but it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to get on the park,” said Boucher.

    To make matters worse, captain Temba Bavuma injured his left hamstring during his courageous 92 in a losing effort at Centurion.

    Boucher praised Bavuma’s toughness but admits the nuggety batsman may have further injured himself by staying out in the middle on Wednesday.

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    “Temba’s quite a tough guy, so it’s always worrying when you see him hobbling around, and it looks like it’s only got worse in the changeroom the way he is walking,” continued Boucher.

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    “I think he may have done something fairly bad, he seems to be in quite a bit of pain. It doesn’t look good unfortunately. It doesn’t put us in a good position for the start of the (T20) series, but these are the cards we’ve been dealt, so we will have to find a way.”

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    The first match of the four-match series is set to get underway at the Wanderers on Saturday with the first ball due to be bowled at 14:30.

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