SA v Australia, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 1st day March 1, 2014

Steyn hurts hamstring on day one at Newlands

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dale Steyn will undergo a fitness Test on the second morning of the Newlands Test to determine whether he will be able to bowl again. Steyn injured his right hamstring in the middle session on day one and was off the field for the rest of the day.

"Dale is a little bit stiff at the moment and a little bit sore. Hopefully he wakes up tomorrow and he is going to be okay, if he is not then the rest of the group have to front up," bowling coach Allan Donald said after the day's play.

Steyn left the field at 2.20pm after bowling one ball in his 11th over, which Morne Morkel completed. He received treatment at the ground and was not taken for scans. He was spotted seated in the dressing room after tea but did not return to the field at all.

Two days before the match, Steyn said he was feeling as though he had found a good rhythm following his match-winning, reverse-swinging spell in Port Elizabeth. "I feel I get better the more I bowl," he said. He also confirmed then that he had enjoyed some time off after South Africa's win last Sunday. He returned to training on Wednesday, where he only did some light drills to "get the legs loose", while leaving the actual bowling "to the younger guys like Kyle [Abbott]". Steyn said he would get some overs under his belt on Thursday and Friday to ensure he was match ready.

Of South Africa's seamers, Steyn had bowled the most overs across the first two Tests. He sent down 43.2 overs in Centurion and 33 in Port Elizabeth to total 76.2. Contrastingly, Vernon Philander had bowled 65 and Morne Morkel 67.

This is not the first time in the series South Africa have been a bowler short. They were without Wayne Parnell for the second innings in Port Elizabeth. He picked up a groin injury after 8.3 overs in the first innings. Steyn himself had suffered a bout of gastro, for which he had to go off the field, in the first Test. He had also suffered a rib injury in the lead up to the series.

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  • Graham on March 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Greatest Game; Not sure why we are worried about Steyn then it seems South Africa has only lost a run leaker.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    While an Aus supporter, like other bloggers I'm very disappointed to see Steyn injured. Most fans want to see the champions playing, and his absence dramatically changes the contest unfortunately. I think SA are already starting to see the impact of the retirement of the durable and versatile Kallis - the tightness and effectiveness of his bowling was always underrated amongst non-SA supporters I think.

  • Patrick on March 2, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @Greatest_Game far surpassas Warner as a whinger, at least Warner gets taken out of context rather than presenting out of context. Comparing the loss of a strike bowler to an all rounder not bowling is just plain silly. Taking shots at Patto when you clealy missed Steyn being withdrawn from the attack after 2 overs!!!! Do you even watch cricket????

  • Tom on March 2, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Let's not forget that since the 1st Ashes Test Johnson has bowled 261.5 overs, Siddle 238.4, Harris 236, Lyon 266.2 overs. Mitch also bowled another 20 overs in the ODI serious to keep warm. ;-) So if any team in this current contest could make a claim for burn-out... we all know who is more entitled to make it. You don't hear anything from the Australian camp now do you? SA needs to toughen up. They are already making excuses. Next thing they'll be praying for rain but not even that will stop this brilliant Australian XI (...or XIV)

  • Chris on March 2, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    As we're seeing with Harris, Siddle and Johnston, it is better to bowl more.

    Steyn has been hurt by a lack of Test match fitness coz RSA don't play enough Tests.

    Before the Ashes, Harris had a reputation of last only two Tests. He managed to get thru three of the five in England which built up his match fitness and now he's played 8 in the last four months.

    So Harris has had 11 Tests since July.

    In the same time, Steyn has played two two-Test series, and this one, for total of 7.

    This is the first time in a year Steyn has had to run out for a third Test.

    No wonder he got injured.

    And the formerly injury prone Harris bowled 40 overs to Steyn's 33 at Port Elizabeth. Yet it's the latter who broke down.

    Cricket boards need to understand you need to get *regular* and solid Test match miles into your bowlers to keep them fit.

  • Brett on March 2, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Deal with it. Players get injured all the time and I think South Africa have had a blessed run with injuries to their front-line attack. Remember Cummins? He played one test and has barely got back on the field. Pattinson hasn't played a first class game since July. Bird, Harris, Faulkner, Watson, Starc... Aus have struggled to keep our best bowlers on the park.

  • damien on March 2, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    @seniorgators , spot on mate. Pattinson wasn't having a great game in Adelaide before he got injured but he is a front line bowler and Kallis would probably only have bowled 8-10 overs anyway. From memory Kallis batted and made a solid 50 as well so it wasn't like he was lost from the game! The flow on effect from losing a front line bowler showed in Perth when we had to rest Siddle after he bowled himself into the ground in Adelaide. You can bring up all the worthless stats you like about how Pattinson didn't bowl well that game but the fact is he is going to be a great bowler for us for a long time IF HE CAN STAY FIT. I have a feeling he will show his worth in this match and shut a few keyboard heroes mouths. Steyn is obviously a massive loss and if he can't bowl again in this match I would be very surprised if we don't win this test comfortably.

  • John on March 2, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This is not a case of burnout? Steyn clearly injured himself fielding trying to dodge equipment as he tried to chase down a Warner boundary. He had to leap over some stuff at full stretch and try and stop quickly. It was really unlucky and a bit of a shame really. I'm an Aussie fan but seeing any great player limp off the field with the series on the line must change the dynamics of the test match. I hope Steyn gets back on tomorrow, it didn't look too bad.

  • Tim on March 2, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    Aussies played for a year without their best bowler and still dominated (when warne was banned), South Africa play one and a half sessions and get clobbered. One Aussie hand is on the trophy, and by April, we will be test, odi and t20 no 1 ranked team. Normality will be restored.

  • Peter on March 1, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game. Pretty poor response to Pattinson I would suggest, how about we revisit this after he plays this test? I thought you were above this, Pattinson's just started his career & I would suggest he is going to do a lot of damage before his career ends. We saw Philander well below his best last time he toured down under, but not many have bagged him out. As solid as Kallis was as a bowler, he is well short of Pattinson as a bowler.