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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  • Graham on March 8, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Cpt.Meanstar; Right now we are in the top two performed test nations, we are the best performed one-day team and T20 cricket that we take seriously like world cups we are top4 as shown by the last two cups. At least our ordinary is better than most other teams ie like the one you support.

  • Graham on March 8, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Meanstar; How was that humble pie of yours? Obviously not given you the ability of humility. All I said is we are top 4 in T20 in the last two world championships sorry Im not bragging they are the facts. We can play spin bowing fine just ask Swann in the recent Ashes series, we always win in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is just like that. As for spin bowling we can only not play it on doctored pitches where the bounce is just guess work any true pitch where spinners have to rely on there skill we slaughter them.

  • Dylan on March 8, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - or maybe it's time for people like yourself to accept the reality that Australia is one of the top nations in the world. Signs of greatness - lots of haters. I think that applies to Australia.

  • Cameron on March 8, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, will you let us cross the bridge if we solve the riddle of your post? Far from being ordinary, Australia are the form side in international cricket, they are peerless. As far as playing spin bowling I think you'll find a lot of spinners being smashed into the stand in the upcoming T20 event that we will win. Are you still upset about the Ashes? Poor thing, do you need a tissue?

  • Jay on March 8, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    @Shaggy076: We all know how 'well' Australia play in conditions that don't favour them so quit preaching to others how 'great' your team is. Secondly, do you really think this Aussie team has what it takes to win any ICC event ? The guys can't even play spin bowling. I think it's time Aussie fans get down to reality and accept their team is ordinary just like the rest. On their day, Australia could upset some of the better teams but that's about it. Even in test cricket, Australians need quick, bouncy wickets to unleash Mitch Johnson. Anything slow or low, they will be trounced.

  • Graham on March 7, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Nikko Chunn; Lovely rant particularly the one-day stuff. Did you realise we are number 1 in the world at one-day cricket. Imagine if we took it seriously. As for T20 we take the world cup seriously but thats it. The schedule to heavy to play our test players. However top 4 and top 2 of the last T20 world cups give you an idea of where we really lie. Definetely top 4 in the world.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Good! Don't take the t20 world cup seriously Australia..... that's why you have the ranking you do. You think you are above the game don't you? That format anyway.... not least of all because you value your wicket too much, bat too slow and suck at t20. That's the truth. Yes you are great at tests currently, but that is not what we are discussing here. So keep Johnson and co. out of getting ready for it. Fine by this kiwi!! Hope we get going in our warm-up versus you lot, and then bring it in this tournament.... It is time for a changing of the guard, or at least some stiff competition in t20 and ODIs, at the top end... Australia have become a bit too comfortable (I know, even MORE so!!) in their skin for my liking.... Hey Aussies, see that little thing below you? That's earth.. get your parachute on.

  • subhasish on March 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    aus will win this series 3-0

  • Satwant on March 7, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    right thing to do unless you think about the spectators who bought the tickets, more so now that they charge an arm and a leg for them.. unless of course they are injured

  • vineeth on March 6, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    I am glad Mitch n steyn will not play after this epic test series....key players should prefer rest over playing this frivolous T20 matches

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