Proteas playing for pride

South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren will go for a fitness test on Wednesday.

Protea captain AB de Villiers. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Protea bowler Ryan McLaren is set to have a fitness test ahead of the Proteas' fifth and final one day international against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

McLaren missed the previous game but will be assessed on Wednesday.

Protea captain AB de Villiers says McLaren is vital in providing balance to the starting line-up.

"We're hoping he comes through, he's an important player in the middle order and with the ball in hand as a first change bowler. He's a very wise guy, he knows his game very well and it will be nice to get him back in the side."

The Proteas have already lost the series in Sri Lanka after they were thumped by eight wickets in Kandy on Sunday. De Villiers is adamant that the match is important for the development of a struggling Protea side.

"We haven't played as well as we wanted and we are still representing a very proud nation so we'd like to perform to the best of our ability so there is pressure in that regard."

World Cup Draw

The Proteas will face Zimbabwe in the first game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and have been grouped with India for the tournament.

De Villiers says they know they have a big task at hand.

"We've got Ireland and Zimbabwe in the qualifier. If you lose to guys like that then you don't deserve to go through a round in the World Cup. We've got some good teams in our group but we're not too fussed."