Steyn still not fit for Test se­ries

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN: Fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of South Africa’s four-match Test se­ries in Eng­land af­ter be­ing forced to with­draw from his coun­try’s A team tour as he has yet to re­gain full fit­ness fol­low­ing a frac­tured shoul­der.

South Africa’s open­ing bowler had been in­cluded in the A team squad for the match against Eng­land Lions at Can­ter­bury in June to test his readi­ness for a muchawaited re­turn to the Test arena but has not suf­fi­ciently re­cov­ered from the shoul­der in­jury.

Steyn, whose 417 Test wick­ets is four short of the South African record held by Shaun Pol­lock, has not played since Novem­ber when he frac­tured his shoul­der for the sec­ond time in 13 months dur­ing the first Test against Aus­tralia.

“My re­cov­ery is go­ing well but it is tak­ing a lit­tle longer than I ex­pected it to,” Steyn told reporters.

“I am able to a lot of things — run­ning, hik­ing, gym work. But bowl­ing is not one of them and I won’t be ready in time.”

Steyn added he will now tar­get a come­back against Bangladesh in Oc­to­ber.

South Africa’s at­tack could also miss Steyn’s new ball part­ner Ver­non Phi­lan­der, who is re­cov­er­ing from a groin in­jury.

Steyn took 15 wick­ets when South Africa won a three Test se­ries 2-0 on their last tour to Eng­land five years ago.

The two coun­tries play four Tests this year at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, The Oval and Old Traf­ford in July and Au­gust. Reuters

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