Australia in South Africa 2013-14 March 6, 2014

Abbott called up for injured Steyn

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Kyle Abbott has been added to South Africa's Twenty20 squad as cover for Dale Steyn, who will miss at least the first two matches against Australia because of a hamstring strain. Steyn suffered the injury during the third Test at Newlands and bowled only 13.1 overs in the match, which South Africa lost to concede the series 1-2.

"A Grade 1 hamstring strain would usually take between 7-10 days to recover, so Dale is unlikely to be available for the first two matches in Port Elizabeth and Durban," South Africa's manager Mohammed Moosajee said. "At this stage we are hopeful that he will be available for the ICC World Twenty20 and will work towards having him ready for the final T20 against Australia in Centurion."

Fast bowlers Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks will undergo fitness tests on March 8 to determine their availability for the first T20 the next day. Parnell sustained a strain to his right groin during the second Test against Australia, while Hendricks is recovering from a side strain sustained during a Sunfoil series match.

South Africa play the first Twenty20 against Australia on March 9, and their World Twenty20 campaign begins on March 22.

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