Boost for Proteas ahead of Pakistan clash

Vernon Philander & JP Duminy are both expected to be fit and available for selection.

FILE: South Africa’s players celebrate a wicket during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and South Africa in Canberra on 3 March, 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas bowler Kyle Abbott has told EWN Sport that despite him being in good form, having taken six wickets in two games, he fully expects Vernon Philander to come back into the starting line-up against Pakistan in their World Cup Pool B clash tomorrow.

Philander along with JP Duminy are both expected to be fit and available for selection after sitting out the games against the West Indies and Ireland with a hamstring a side strain injuries.

Abbott says that the competition for places is good and he's hopeful of retaining his spot.

"No, obviously I won't know until tomorrow whether or not I'm back in. As it goes, if Vernon is 100 percent then I'd think he will play which is only fair given the way things work."

PROTEAS ARE FAVOURITES

Former all-rounder Brian McMillan, famous for his role in Jonty Rhodes' iconic run-out of Inzamam Ul-Haq in 1992, says the Proteas are clear favourites.

"On the batting front, I don't think the poor Pakistan skipper will carry the side the whole time. So, all things be equal, no matter how well they play, I don't think Pakistan can beat South Africa. They shouldn't be able to beat South Africa, with our quality of the side."

This morning's big game in Pool B is West Indies versus India.

Sri Lanka have a double injury blow ahead of Sunday's game with Australia.

Rangana Herath misses the match while batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is out of the tournament with a broken finger.

The Proteas game starts at 3am tomorrow morning.