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Parnell poser for South Africa

South Africa are considering throwing Wayne Parnell straight into action against England just 24 hours after appearing in court in India.

The paceman was summoned to appear in a Mumbai court on Wednesday to answer charges of using illegal drugs during the Indian Premier League in 2012.

Parnell, who denies the allegations, was forced to miss his side's tense victory over Holland but he has returned to Bangladesh and is in contention to face England in Saturday's crucial Group One clash in Chittagong.

Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe have both been expensive in the competition, and Proteas coach Russell Domingo sees Parnell's left-arm seamers as an alternative.

But he would not elaborate on Parnell's Indian trip, saying only: "That's not for me to explain. The team manager has dealt with that and it's not something I want to get involved in.

"But Wayne will be available and he comes into the equation for us because it is a concern that we have a few more options available at the death."

Batting improvements

South Africa have won two of their opening three fixtures without hitting top gear, and Domingo admits they need their batting to improve as they take on an England side buoyed by their stunning win over Sri Lanka.

Dale Steyn helped snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against New Zealand, while they were given a huge scare by minnows Holland before scraping a six-run win.

"We haven't batted well and the thinking during our innings' hasn't been where it needs to be," said Domingo.

"There have been some poor decisions.

"But we're are a strange cricket nation. If we win two or three games easily people accuse us of peaking at the wrong time and if we win a couple of tight ones people say we're playing badly.

"We can take positives from how we have dealt with pressure in those tight games."

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