There is no indication in the media at present of him being out of the remaining two remaining games in the ODI series against Australia - so he may yet play tomorrow or on Saturday.
Yet the issue of an opening batsman to partner De Kock in the shorter versions of the game remains wide open, Apparently the idea is to see what Malan produces in his next game if he did play in the present series, while going with Bavuma opening in the Indian tour matches,
The other option remains Markram who on franchise level is producing top performances, but apparently he will be selected for the West Indies Tour,
So back to the indian Tour matches, That may open the way for Du Plessis to come in and bat at 3 with the remainder of the team remaining unchanged bar for Shamsi being replaced by George Linde as the fifth Bowler,
Perhaps it should be borne in mind that the batsmen with most experience on Indian pitches through the IPL may be in the batting line--up - namely De Kock, Du Plessis and Miller will be in the line-up, while Klaasen was contracted in the lPL - but rarely used in the past two years. Klaasen is not on contract this year and Verreynne is the only batsmen without any experience in India on any level.
Ngidi was contracted by the IPL and so was Nortje - but the latter was rarely used and Ngidi was injured last year and played virtually no cricket at all. Neither of the two are on contract this year,