Rob Walter: Keshav Maharaj’s injury is long term

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Proteas limited-overs coach Rob Walter provided an update about spinner Keshav Maharaj’s Achilles tendon injury this week.

Maharaj sustained the injury during March 2023‘s Test series against the West Indies.

Whether he will be available for the World Cup later this year remains in the balance.

“Keshav is progressing well and with the Achilles. It is a long-term injury, so it’s hard to say when he’ll exactly be ready,” Walter told News24.

“We don’t want him to be pressurising himself to get back on the park. He needs to listen to his body and take care.

“We need to take care of him from our side. He’ll be ready when he’s ready and if that means he’ll be ready for World Cup selection, that’ll be a huge positive.”

Maharaj has played 49 Tests, 29 ODIs and 25 T20Is since 2016’s international debut.

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Proteas qualify for 2023 World Cup

The Proteas recently gained direct qualification to the 2023 World Cup.

“We’re obviously chuffed to qualify directly because it makes life a lot simpler not having to go through the qualifying tournament,” Walter told ESPNcricinfo at the time.

“But there would have been an upside to competing in the qualifier given the very quiet winter we have. What we have now is the chance to spend some quality time outside of competition getting ourselves ready for a marquee event

“We have a number of camps planned throughout the winter in the lead up to the Australia series which obviously forms our final preparation for the World Cup.”

India will host the 2023 World Cup from 5 October to 19 November.

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