Proteas back capable Van Zyl despite poor form

Proteas back capable Van Zyl despite poor form
South Africa's Stiaan van Zyl plays a shot during the first cricket test match against England in Durban, South Africa, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Rogan Ward - RTX20XM4

Johannesburg : South Africa convener of selectors Linda Zondi has backed his side’s struggling opener Stiaan van Zyl ahead of the third Test of the four-match series against England.

Van Zyl had been struggling with his form since the start of the Test series against India. He had scored just 93 runs in his last eight matches at an average of 11.63.

Extending his support to the 28-year-old, Zondi said it was extremely important to back capable players, adding that they would look after his performance in the upcoming Test.

He said that they would decide whether to continue with him or replace him only after the third match.

South Africa are currently trailing 1-0 in the four-match series against England after the second match between the two sides ended in a draw.

The two sides will play their last two matches in Johannesburg (from January 14) and Centurion (from January 22). (ANI)