South Africa suffered a major setback in the opening game of three-match Test series as spearhead Dale Steyn got injured and did not bowl in the second innings. Steyn came into the game after being out of action after being sidelined due to a shoulder injury for almost one year.
Dale Steyn bowled well in his comeback game and produced spells at full-throttle to end up with two wickets against India in the first innings. He is set to miss the remaining two games of the three-match test series against India and will undergo rehabilitation to get fit in time for the home series against Australia.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) stated that they will name a replacement for Steyn for the second game of the series that will be played at Centurion on 13th January. The probable names that will be under consideration are Duanne Olivier and Andile Phehlukwayo for the second game.
The spearhead is gutted to be injured again as it took him a long time to recover from a shoulder injury. He was sidelined for almost 14 months after he suffered a broken shoulder during the series in Australia in November 2016. He has now 419 wickets to his name in Test cricket and is just 2 wickets away from Shaun Pollock’s tally of 421 wickets to become highest wicket-taker for South Africa in the longer format of the game.
The cricketing fans would be hoping that Dale Steyn will be back in action for home series against Australia. The “Phalaborwa Express” has been plagued with injuries that have made him miss almost 14 matches during this period that includes high-profile series in England in 2017.
Steyn is set to be out of action for almost six weeks and might be in action for home series against Australia. South Africa will be hoping that Steyn regains full fitness and produce his best with the ball against Australia.