Fast bowler Dale Steyn was being considered as a potential replacement to join the Proteas’ camp after South African star bowler Kagiso Rabada was handed a two-Test suspension for breaching International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct.
However, the South African camp suffered another jolt as Steyn has been ruled out of the third Test due to a heel injury. Steyn’s expected return has now been postponed to end of March.
Steyn suffered a heel injury during India’s tour of South Africa and was ruled out of the India series after just the first Test.
Steyn was out of action for over a year made a comeback to the South African set up in the first Test. Another injury raised a question over his longevity in the Test format.
Steyn made a return to red ball cricket when he played for the South African Invitation XI against Zimbabwe.
However, it has now been confirmed that Steyn would only be considered for the fourth Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on March 30.
South African skipper, Faf Du Plessis said:
“Our plan for him was to play a game. But I would be praying extra hard that he would be ready for that third Test to make sure we can have him available if he [is fit]. On the spot now, I would assume probably on the fourth Test.”
The legendary South African bowler has 417 wickets in 85 Tests to his name.
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