Injury concerns for de Villiers

Proteas test captain Hashim Amla says the player has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers (R) and teammates celebrate victory in the third and final One Day International match between the Proteas and Sri Lanka at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on 12 July 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - AB de Villier's is an injury concern ahead of the Proteas' first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle starting on Wednesday.

He is expected to play but is unlikely to keep.

Quinton de Kock will take over the gloves should de Villiers not be able to.

Proteas test captain Hashim Amla explains the injury.

"AB is unfortunately struggling with his hamstring, so he hasn't been kept in any of the practices. It's unlikely that he is going to keep tomorrow."

Amla says they're not sure where de Kock will slot in the battling line-up just yet.

"It's a late call from AB, we knew he had a hamstring issue. We will make a final decision tonight about where Quinny will bat."

The game will start at 6:30am on Wednesday morning.