India v SA, 1st Test, Mohali, 3rd day November 7, 2015

Steyn doubtful for Bangalore Test

Dale Steyn did not bowl during India's second innings in Mohali © Associated Press

Dale Steyn is doubtful for the second Test against India in Bangalore after sustaining a groin strain which kept him out of action on day two in Mohali. Steyn was unable to bowl during India's second innings but was able to bat in South Africa's. He will have a fitness test two days before the Bangalore Test, which starts next Saturday.

However, there was better news concerning South Africa's other two injured players, JP Duminy and Morne Morkel, who have both recovered from their respective injuries. Duminy had the stitches removed from the cut on his right hand sustained on day one of the Mohali Test. He will have a net session in the next few days and should be available for selection for the second Test. Morkel is definitely available after recovering from a quad strain.

Morkel's availability will ease South Africa's concerns over Steyn, although they would ideally like to play both of them, with Kagiso Rabada likely to miss out. Duminy's availability should help South Africa balance the side as he also offers a spin option. South Africa could play him alongside one specialist spinner and create room for an extra batsman in the line-up. Temba Bavuma is the reserve batsman in the squad.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments