Dale Steyn faces six months on side­lines

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PERTH:

For­mer cap­tain Shaun Pol­lock thinks Dale Steyn will be re­mem­bered as the best test bowler South Africa has pro­duced even if he never gets back on to the pitch to claim the record as the coun­try’s most pro­lific wicket-taker. The 33-year-old pace­man frac­tured a bone in his right shoul­der early on the sec­ond day of the first test against Aus­tralia on Fri­day and Pol­lock said it was rea­son­able to ques­tion whether he would ever re­turn to the test arena. “You’d have to,” he told ABC Ra­dio yes­ter­day. “Given how old he is, the na­ture of the in­jury, it’s be­tween six months and 12 months to re­cover, he’ll have to have an op­er­a­tion, he’ll have to have it pinned “It’s a real blow for him.”

Be­fore he was in­jured on Fri­day, Steyn had al­ready re­moved Aus­tralian opener Dave Warner for 97 to claim his 417th test vic­tim, four shy of the South African record held by Pol­lock. “I’ve got a bot­tle of cham­pagne in my ho­tel room I was go­ing to present to him be­cause I thought it was just a mat­ter of time,” Pol­lock added.

“He de­serves to be the lead­ing wick­et­taker in our coun­try. Since read­mis­sion he’s been the ul­ti­mate strike bowler, the best test bowler we’ve pro­duced. He de­serves the record so I hope he does bounce back.”

Steyn said he thought it would take at least six months for him to re­cover and he would be in no great hurry to re­turn, ad­mit­ting he had prob­a­bly rushed back too soon af­ter suf­fer­ing a shoul­der in­jury in De­cem­ber.

“I didn’t have the full time to re­cover... I’ve been deal­ing with this thing for quite some time now, so I prob­a­bly should have taken a lit­tle bit longer,” he told Chan­nel Nine at the WACA.

“I was want­ing to rush and get into that Twenty20 World Cup, I wanted to go to the IPL, I wanted to play. This is what I do. So I’ll prob­a­bly have to take the time this time and let it heal prop­erly.”

Steyn’s ab­sence leaves South Africa’s re­main­ing pace­men, Ver­non Phi­lan­der and Kag­iso Rabada, with a heav­ier work­load in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings at the WACA. “It’s al­ways go­ing to be the case that you have to dish up a few more overs,” Phi­lan­der said on Fri­day. “It’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity well taken by the rest of the team and the squad, we will want to win the game for Dale.” —Reuters

PERTH: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn sits with his arm in a sling prior to the start of day three of the first Test cricket match be­tween Aus­tralia and South Africa in Perth yes­ter­day. —AFP

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