Theunis de Bruyn has received a stay of execution and will be part of SA’s Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka. The series starts in Durban on Wednesday with the following Test in Port Elizabeth — venues with slow pitches that could aid a return to form for De Bruyn — if he finds a spot in the starting XI. De Bruyn was tossed and turned like a readymade steak by Pakistan’s superb bowling attack even though SA won the series 3-0. A Sri Lankan bowling attack minus its best and fastest bowlers in Nuwan Pradeep‚ Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara will pose a smaller challenge for the talented but intense De Bruyn. The tall right-hander‚ who plies his first-class trade for the Titans‚ is an immensely talented top-order batsman with all the shots in the book and the temperament to match. However‚ he does not quite exude the sense of enjoyment his teammates gave despite the stern examination by Pakistan’s bowlers. In the six innings across the three Tests that were pla...

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