Champions Trophy 2013 June 4, 2013

Injury concern for Steyn, de Kock joins squad as de Villiers' cover

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A hat-trick of concerns descended on South Africa two days before their Champions Trophy opener against India on Thursday. Dale Steyn is in doubt for the match with a side strain, Quinton de Kock has unofficially joined the group as cover for AB de Villiers and first-choice spinner Robin Peterson suffered a blow to the left foot.

Steyn's injury appears to be the most serious. He could only bowl five overs in Monday's warm-up match against Pakistan at the Oval before he left the field in obvious discomfort. He was taken for an MRI scan which revealed "mild swelling in a left-intercostal muscle," according to team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

South Africa will take a call on Steyn's availability as late as possible to give the paceman as much time as they can to recover. Should he be ruled out, the side will be without their bowling spearhead whose form at the IPL (19 wickets in 17 games at 20.21) was promising. Rory Kleinveldt is likely to replace him to form a three-pronged seam attack with Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

While Steyn's case is straightforward, de Villiers' is more complicated. CSA did not state exactly why he needs cover in their statement. After clarification was sought by ESPNcricinfo, Moosajee revealed the captain is "absolutely fine" and said it was "always part of the plan" to include de Kock, because it would be logistically easier to have him around should de Villiers suffer a last-minute injury.

However, if de Kock needs to play he will still need approval from the ICC's event technical committee because he is not a part of the 15-man squad. According to Moosajee, de Kock was aware he would be in England even before he went to the IPL, where he played three matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and scored six runs. His domestic franchise, the Lions, however, were not aware of any national call-up when contacted earlier this morning.

Worth remembering here, among the unclear circumstances surrounding de Kock's call-up, is that de Villiers has a history of chronic back problems which flare up after he has played for a long period of time. He came through a full IPL and took part in South Africa's two warm-up matches, against the Netherlands and Pakistan. He did not bat in the first match but kept wicket in both.

De Villiers did not appear to experience any problems apart from one incident when he addressed the media after the Pakistan game. Although not audible at the event, on recordings of the press conference he can he heard whispering "Eina" (Afrikaans for "Ouch") as he sat down. There may be nothing to that or it may explain why a nervous looking de Villiers chewed his nails for a significant part of the interaction.

Should he become unavailable, the side will be without their captain and most experienced batsman. Faf du Plessis, who is the Twenty20 captain, would most likely to step in with de Kock taking de Villiers' place behind the stumps and in the batting line-up.

Peterson's niggle is not a cause for worry. He was hit on the left foot while batting during the Pakistan match and could not bowl because of the swelling. He has responded to overnight treatment and should be able to play but South Africa have Aaron Phangiso in reserve, if Peterson is unfit.

South Africa's three group stage matches take place in eight days, so the severity of the injuries could significantly impact their hopes of making the semi-finals.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 4, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Its always delight to watch Dale Steyn bowl. Dale and AB are more like thunder and lightening for SA team. Especially without Dale Steyn..SA bowling attack will look toothless(we saw what happened last practice match).Hope we will see Dale bowl like he usually does(best in the world).Speedy recovery to him and best of luck to team SA.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | June 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @ gsingh7 on (June 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT)...cool down bro.....I'm also from Punjab India but plz do not ridicule other teams.Just enjoy the cricket and support your team...not a difficult thing to do.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I wish him a Dale Steyn a speedy recovery and if he doesn't play I hope South Africa play as a unit and earn their first victory of this competition.

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | June 5, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ siddharth_r2001

    'star' bowler Imran Tahir

    u got to be kidding urself giving him a special mention like Ajmal or Murali. who cares a new spinner like the then Tahir plays or doesnt play. After all he is a spinner playing against India in India who are good at spin.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | June 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    It would be a big big loss to SA if either of Steyn or ABD or both do not play tomorrow esp cos SA are already without Smith and Kallis. Taken together, 3 of these 4 might have been part of World XI (Tests or ODI) for the 3 years had it been chosen.

    From India's PoV, this will be a great chance to open their campaign on a strong note as we are known to be poor starters but it is also believed that India do not usually relish to be seen as favs. So India have to be a bit cautious and must not underestimate SA at any cost. The others in their team are equally capable of filling in the gaps.

    I would miss watching Steyn the most if perchance Steyn doesn't play. He is the one who gives a real edge to SA's attack. In his absence and with all due respect to M Morkel, SA's attack looks weak. Philander & Tsotsobe are very good too but any honest person would admit that with no Steyn SA's attack would be like full human jaw with no incisors.

    Could say the same for ABD & SA's batting too.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 5, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    No one can fill the place of Steyn. Alviro is not ideal for ODI. Elgar or Levi should replace him. Elgar, Amla, Ingram, FaF, AB, JP, Mclaren, Harmar, Morkel, H.Viljoen, Tsotsobe. Puttick is also a good option if AB don't play.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | June 5, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    just as much as i dont want styne to play against india, i want him to play against rest..... he is best around here....

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 5, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I'm expecting Kleinveldt to make all the difference for the bowling attack, he's been in really good form with the ball. Were it not for him, I'd be worried for South Africa if Steyn is out; Morkel can be brilliant, in his 1 good ball out of every 8. Tstosobe is the same, except without the good ball. He was awful in the Pakistan series, picking up a wicket here and there off a wild swing to a full toss or a long hop. With Dhoni in the side, I'm backing India for the win here. If Pakistan also beat West Indies in their opening match, then that will set up the group for an intriguing second round

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 5, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Grant King on (June 5, 2013, 12:05 GMT). You right about JP.Duminy. Sorry, but I don't know how I forgot about JP. JP should then be in-place of JC.Cook. The team should then be :If D.Steyn, R.Peterson, AB De Villiers, G.Smith & J.Kallis can't play, then the Best 12 players should be : A.Pieterson, H.Amla, Q. De Kock, F.Du Plessis, JP Duminy, D. Miller, A.Morkel, J.Botha, R.Mclaren, V.Philander, M.Morkel 12th man S.Engelbrecht. Your 12th Man is only allowed to field. And for me S.Engelbrecht is South Africa's best fielder. He should always be 12th man in any format, unless 12th man is also allowed to bowl and bat in the future. Remember Engelbrecht's run-out wicket at Newlands against Australia in a Test Match?

  • POSTED BY arvin on | June 5, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    most ipl players from all countries will not play against india for one reason or the other... it is pay back time for them for all the millions they are making from ipl... now they have to make sure dhoni led csk/bcci team wins champions trophy...

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 4, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Its always delight to watch Dale Steyn bowl. Dale and AB are more like thunder and lightening for SA team. Especially without Dale Steyn..SA bowling attack will look toothless(we saw what happened last practice match).Hope we will see Dale bowl like he usually does(best in the world).Speedy recovery to him and best of luck to team SA.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | June 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @ gsingh7 on (June 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT)...cool down bro.....I'm also from Punjab India but plz do not ridicule other teams.Just enjoy the cricket and support your team...not a difficult thing to do.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I wish him a Dale Steyn a speedy recovery and if he doesn't play I hope South Africa play as a unit and earn their first victory of this competition.

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | June 5, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ siddharth_r2001

    'star' bowler Imran Tahir

    u got to be kidding urself giving him a special mention like Ajmal or Murali. who cares a new spinner like the then Tahir plays or doesnt play. After all he is a spinner playing against India in India who are good at spin.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | June 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    It would be a big big loss to SA if either of Steyn or ABD or both do not play tomorrow esp cos SA are already without Smith and Kallis. Taken together, 3 of these 4 might have been part of World XI (Tests or ODI) for the 3 years had it been chosen.

    From India's PoV, this will be a great chance to open their campaign on a strong note as we are known to be poor starters but it is also believed that India do not usually relish to be seen as favs. So India have to be a bit cautious and must not underestimate SA at any cost. The others in their team are equally capable of filling in the gaps.

    I would miss watching Steyn the most if perchance Steyn doesn't play. He is the one who gives a real edge to SA's attack. In his absence and with all due respect to M Morkel, SA's attack looks weak. Philander & Tsotsobe are very good too but any honest person would admit that with no Steyn SA's attack would be like full human jaw with no incisors.

    Could say the same for ABD & SA's batting too.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 5, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    No one can fill the place of Steyn. Alviro is not ideal for ODI. Elgar or Levi should replace him. Elgar, Amla, Ingram, FaF, AB, JP, Mclaren, Harmar, Morkel, H.Viljoen, Tsotsobe. Puttick is also a good option if AB don't play.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | June 5, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    just as much as i dont want styne to play against india, i want him to play against rest..... he is best around here....

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 5, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I'm expecting Kleinveldt to make all the difference for the bowling attack, he's been in really good form with the ball. Were it not for him, I'd be worried for South Africa if Steyn is out; Morkel can be brilliant, in his 1 good ball out of every 8. Tstosobe is the same, except without the good ball. He was awful in the Pakistan series, picking up a wicket here and there off a wild swing to a full toss or a long hop. With Dhoni in the side, I'm backing India for the win here. If Pakistan also beat West Indies in their opening match, then that will set up the group for an intriguing second round

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 5, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Grant King on (June 5, 2013, 12:05 GMT). You right about JP.Duminy. Sorry, but I don't know how I forgot about JP. JP should then be in-place of JC.Cook. The team should then be :If D.Steyn, R.Peterson, AB De Villiers, G.Smith & J.Kallis can't play, then the Best 12 players should be : A.Pieterson, H.Amla, Q. De Kock, F.Du Plessis, JP Duminy, D. Miller, A.Morkel, J.Botha, R.Mclaren, V.Philander, M.Morkel 12th man S.Engelbrecht. Your 12th Man is only allowed to field. And for me S.Engelbrecht is South Africa's best fielder. He should always be 12th man in any format, unless 12th man is also allowed to bowl and bat in the future. Remember Engelbrecht's run-out wicket at Newlands against Australia in a Test Match?

  • POSTED BY arvin on | June 5, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    most ipl players from all countries will not play against india for one reason or the other... it is pay back time for them for all the millions they are making from ipl... now they have to make sure dhoni led csk/bcci team wins champions trophy...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    SuperSharky where is JP in your team? S Engelbrecht??? why make the protea spot so cheap. Fielder only????

  • POSTED BY dilscoop_uk on | June 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @ gsingh7 If you are trying to compare Umesh Yadav with Styen you are living in a fools paradise.Dont get too excited its just a warmup game. Let the party begin and then it'll be a different ball game. By the way adding to that same below par Pakistani Batting defeated India in their own backyard not too long ago.For me India without Match winner "Yuvi" will not even qualify for the next round.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    lol as if he did anything good against india. look at umesh 5-18 on flat track where india score 300 plus. steyn was flogged by below par pak batsmen who are known failures in england. expect 350 plus from indian batsmen and win by around 200 runs for world best team in odis and current world champions.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | June 5, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    If D.Steyn, R.Peterson, AB De Villiers, G.Smith & J.Kallis can't play, then the Best 12 players should be : A.Pieterson, H.Amla, Q. De Kock, F.Du Plessis, SC Cook, D. Miller, A.Morkel, J.Botha, R.Mclaren, V.Philander, M.Morkel 12th man S.Engelbrecht.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    SA's Chances are very Slim To win This Competiton... :D

  • POSTED BY quittthewhinging on | June 5, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    ABD is a good batsman but he doesn't inspire much confidence as a captain. He never seems to be in control on the field but it is his off-the-field antics that worry me the most. Will he ever make up his mind whether he is able (wants) to keep wicket? And why oh why do the selectors put up with it? I'm sorry but the selectors should put their foot down once and for all and sort this out. And what's with this nonsense about having available as back-up someone who isn't even in the original squad? The ICC should just say NO. I never rated SA's chances very highly in this competition but these latest developments reduce their chances even more.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    My feeling as an SA fan is that if Steyn is not 100 % fit, they shouldn't play him. If he's only 80-90 % fit, then the risks are a) he breaks down during the game and leaves us a bowler short and b) he aggravates the injury even more and is ruled out for the whole tournament and maybe longer. Rather have him miss the opening game than either of the above scenarios. In the sad event that he is ruled out the tournament, Kleinveldt should come into the team to replace him with Marchant de Lange called up as the backup fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @siddarth_r2001:SA won that game and moreover it was a ploy of SA to drop Imran Tahir as India usually are good players of spin.The context is completely different here.SA need Steyn and AB on typical English pitches.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | June 5, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    For India the biggest concerns would be dealing with Steyn-Mokel , Tsotsobe's swing and Deviller's exploits.Robin Petersen's injury would worry Indians as they must be targetting him.But the rest is music to Indian camp.BUT Steyn may miss out and the rest will be in action..my guess.Losing Steyn takes away a lot of SA's venom though.Hes irreplacable not only in SA but any team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    IPL is a players choice so blame cannot be directed to IPL. SA have an uphill battle regardless of who plays in the team. They have a squad of talented players who have inconsistantly proved themselves with the exclusion of Amla, De villiers, Steyn, Dumminy and Lonwabo. Everyone else are still considered fringe players by the public. Individuals seem to have no idea of their roles and responsibilities which impacts on the senior players more often than not.

    Although the newer players are not all young, you can see the exuberance to perform but that often is to the teams detriment. We've seen this by the team losing 4 or 5 wickets quickly or all our bowlers get smashed. These guys tend to put up a great fight when they have a platform but when things go wrong, they go horribly wrong and no one seems to have a contingency plan. This makes SA unpredicatable and dangerous to their opponents and themselves. We can only hope that exposure has allowed them to grow as cricketeers.

  • POSTED BY tripple-Digits on | June 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    From a fan's point of view, it IS WORRYING to hear about the concerns around the captain and senior players. It is more worrying to hear team manager Moosajee saying AB is fine...and de Kock was aware that he will be in England (don't know if he is playing the County circuit). Seems to me like there is so much more cooking. Being off season in South Africa, with cycling trips in the Netherlands and the warm up games, my team is going to face an uphill battle. It seems like the SA IPL players are overplayed/tire/injured and we will have to rely heavily on our young guns to win this ICC trophy! Hope Steyn & de Villiers are indeed FINE !

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | June 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    We need to be full strength to have a chance to beating India. But on the flip side we have nothing to lose now and thats when we play well.

    Im glad that de kock is in, ABD shouldnt be keeping. Petersen is no massive loss, its not like he is that West Indian spinner (cant remember his name). Phisango can take his place.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    ABD will play an robin will also play.. but steyn wont play i guess

  • POSTED BY cristiaan99999 on | June 5, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Amla du Plessis Ingram de Villiers Duminy Miller Mclaren Peterson Steyn Morkel Tsotsobe

    steyn, peterson will be fit you watch, id like to see miller at 6 to help finish off had a decent IPL in good form, even tho i dont think the IPL should be any barometer for form, useless tournament, any way he would be good finisher to the innings and alviro isnt a great OD player

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Smith, Kallis, Steyn, AB, Peterson. Not a good news. Alviro is not ideal for ODI. We love to see him in Test. big event is coming and selecting Alviro on that is not a good idea. D.Elgar, Levi or Bosmann are the first choice. Now i think Amla & Duminy the 2 seniors have to take incharge. Duminy has to go up in the order. Now without Steyn, Out of form Morkel has to take the responsibility of deadly Barrage. question is who will bowl in the depth overs all are expensive contenders. Peterson is a good lower order batsman but he is injured too. Very sad not good.

  • POSTED BY I.Aziz on | June 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Cricket is played all the year non stop so they will play again more important is their health and full recovery, both of them are cricketers of the highest quality and very good as men of high morals and character , so love to see them play. from a Pakistani supporter wish both of them best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I blame the IPL for this...

  • POSTED BY dakshinap on | June 5, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Wow!!! Good News for the Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Without Steyn... Please don't bother

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    After all this... tomorrow morning De Villiers will come out for the toss and announce both Steyn and Peterson are playing, Saffer are going in with a full squad... !! that would be funny... on a strategic point... Indians cannot let their guard down... if they do and Steyn and co. indeed turn up for the match, God save the Rainas and the Vijays... even without them, they are gonna find Morkel and co. a handful... So lets not declare anything now and keep our fingers crossed... !!

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | June 5, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Dale Steyn yet another 'victim' of over-burdening of IPL! Same may go for AB if fails to be fit for whole CT. everyone should thank IPL

  • POSTED BY peter4135 on | June 5, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @siddharth r2001...I remember SA winning that game.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | June 5, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    OH ! all hopes almost gone......to win trophy.......Yes now SA team selection been exposed....though good luck....

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | June 4, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Too much cricket being played for bodies to recover and fans therefore being short changed.

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | June 4, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Doesn't matter who plays in the end; the Proteas always give their best and fight to the very last ball, win or lose. This is all the true Protea fan should expect from the boys. Winning should be a bonus, nothing more . . .

  • POSTED BY Daredevil123 on | June 4, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    very sorry about these injuries hitting the proteas suddenly ab de villiars is the only experienced batsman in the line up while there key bowlers are also injured te proteas do have a lot o bad luck even Graeme smith is not present but all he same a chance fot quinton de cock

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 4, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Well, all I can say Indians should thank the Pakistanis for ensuring no Steyn in their game. He was getting clobbered in the warm up game against Pakistan and started to hit the deck hard (not sure what was he looking to prove).

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    And you really could have not found a better time for all hell to break loose!!And still no Dane Vilas who is way better experience wise..What can a man do when his two eyes fail him,well ask the PROTEAS squad that as they have almost just lost the two most important things that they needed!!!

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | June 4, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Pak and Ind to go through from this group.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    everyone who has been following dekock's twitter timeline knew that he would be in england since ipl.what i fail to understand is the dubious and weird selection policy of csa which allows quinton to be part of a squad but somehow fails to do the same officially.i am not aware of any other cricketing nation following similar suit.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    darn it!!!! Not Again!!:(

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    wow this is bad news for us,hope its nothing long term...can live with him missing the first game but not the rest of the tournament

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | June 4, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    An injury to AB's back would be unexpected at this point. He did not keep wicket through the IPL, did not spend long periods at the crease, and the whole tournament he would have spent as much time in the field as in 2 good test matches. I doubt if he spent too much time in training?

    Steyn should bounce back pretty quickly, but losing him for the India match on Friday is a worry. Generally they don't do well against him, and the thought of not having to face him on seaming tracks will make any team , breathe a little easier.

    Perhaps they are both paying the price for the long layoff from real cricket that is the IPL. Steyn is usually is only warmed up after his first four overs

    If AB AND Steyn are injured, de Kock could keep wicket, but only one man could be brought in to cover for them - Jacques Kallis. I wonder if CSA will be reduced to begging?

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Would love to see a full strength South African side beaten comprehensively by India come June 6th :)

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | June 4, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    What a bummer!! Hope they are fit to play the rest of the tournament. Otherwise without the worlds best wk/batsman and worlds best bowler what is there to enjoy in this meaningless tournament.

  • POSTED BY subbubalu007 on | June 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    this cant be happening....de villiers and steyn cant go out the same time...that makes SA handicapped... :(....though iam an indian fan

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Yay, Quinnie de Kock is here!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Omg If the pair dont play against India in their opening match , It will be a cake walk fr the Strong batting line up of the Gr8 Indian team ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Sooooooooper......... They seem to be losing the plot aint they!!!!! Just a declaration by Mr Gary Kirsten regarding his unwillingness to continue as RSA coach after this tenure has demoralized their team to the core and people have started to end up physically/mentally/psychologically de-motivated... :(

  • POSTED BY mack36 on | June 4, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Wow!! Steyn ABD and Robin .... Hope its not to serious otherwse we might as well pack our bags and come home .

  • POSTED BY siddharth_r2001 on | June 4, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    It's interesting how all the injuries suddenly seem to hit the SA squad just before they have to play India. Even in the 2011 World Cup, their 'star' bowler Imran Tahir got mysteriously "injured" just before the game against India and was not played!

  • POSTED BY siddharth_r2001 on | June 4, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    It's interesting how all the injuries suddenly seem to hit the SA squad just before they have to play India. Even in the 2011 World Cup, their 'star' bowler Imran Tahir got mysteriously "injured" just before the game against India and was not played!

  • POSTED BY mack36 on | June 4, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Wow!! Steyn ABD and Robin .... Hope its not to serious otherwse we might as well pack our bags and come home .

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Sooooooooper......... They seem to be losing the plot aint they!!!!! Just a declaration by Mr Gary Kirsten regarding his unwillingness to continue as RSA coach after this tenure has demoralized their team to the core and people have started to end up physically/mentally/psychologically de-motivated... :(

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Omg If the pair dont play against India in their opening match , It will be a cake walk fr the Strong batting line up of the Gr8 Indian team ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Yay, Quinnie de Kock is here!!

  • POSTED BY subbubalu007 on | June 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    this cant be happening....de villiers and steyn cant go out the same time...that makes SA handicapped... :(....though iam an indian fan

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | June 4, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    What a bummer!! Hope they are fit to play the rest of the tournament. Otherwise without the worlds best wk/batsman and worlds best bowler what is there to enjoy in this meaningless tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Would love to see a full strength South African side beaten comprehensively by India come June 6th :)

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | June 4, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    An injury to AB's back would be unexpected at this point. He did not keep wicket through the IPL, did not spend long periods at the crease, and the whole tournament he would have spent as much time in the field as in 2 good test matches. I doubt if he spent too much time in training?

    Steyn should bounce back pretty quickly, but losing him for the India match on Friday is a worry. Generally they don't do well against him, and the thought of not having to face him on seaming tracks will make any team , breathe a little easier.

    Perhaps they are both paying the price for the long layoff from real cricket that is the IPL. Steyn is usually is only warmed up after his first four overs

    If AB AND Steyn are injured, de Kock could keep wicket, but only one man could be brought in to cover for them - Jacques Kallis. I wonder if CSA will be reduced to begging?

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    wow this is bad news for us,hope its nothing long term...can live with him missing the first game but not the rest of the tournament