South Africa v England, 4th Test, Centurion, 5th day January 26, 2016

Steyn ruled out of England ODIs

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Dale Steyn is still recovering from his shoulder injury © Associated Press

Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ODI series against England as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.

A call will be taken on Steyn's availability for the T20s at a later stage, with the aim to have him fit for the Australia T20s in March and the World T20 which follows that. Kyle Abbott, who suffered a hamstring niggle in the Centurion Test will also miss the first ODI against England with Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada likely to be rested for some of the matches.

"They definitely won't play all five games," Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, said. "We will look to bring one or two new fast bowlers in."

That means South Africa are likely to add to their one-day squad, which currently only has Chris Morris as back-up to the bowlers. Wayne Parnell, and Hardus Viljoen, who are playing for the A side in a warm-up match against England on Saturday, could come into contention. Vernon Philander, however, will not.

Philander tore ankle ligaments in the warm-ups for the second Test against India in Bangalore in November and has missed seven Tests as a result. He was expected to recover by mid-January but is still "two to three weeks away from competitive cricket", according to Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager . Philander is unlikely to make an international appearance this season.

Moosajee is more optimistic about Steyn, even though the exact nature of the shoulder injury, which followed a groin strain, has not been discovered. "All initial scans were clear but when symptoms did not improve, we discovered a reaction in the bone itself," Moosajee said. 'This is very rare in fast bowlers as it is usually caused by trauma. We are treating it conservatively because he is a fast bowler and we know we have the World T20 coming up."

Steyn is still receiving treatment in a hyperbaric chamber and is being monitored every two weeks. Moosajee is "confident he will make a full recovery" and that in "six, eight or 10 weeks when he is fit, will be bowling as well as he ever has". He also emphasised that Steyn's current niggle is "not career-threatening."

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  •   Rishabh Amrit on January 29, 2016, 4:11 GMT

    Wow now thry are bashing greatest fast bowler of all time(yes greatest!!!!bcoz he has always bowled on less bouncy pitches as compared to the pictches that of in 90s or 80s.Keep calm he will be back.

  • Coenraad on January 28, 2016, 23:53 GMT

    Wayne Parnell?!? How many games must a no-rounder lose before the selectors move on to the next in line? Just don't tell me it's Ryan McLaren...

  • pradeep on January 28, 2016, 18:46 GMT

    i cannt understand why Steyn,Morkal ,Philandar playing meaningless ODI home series.

    this is the stage where u should give chance to new young bowlers and secure future and emergency situations.

    SA blessed with bench strength of fast bowling Delange and Viljon are 150K bowlers and should be in ODI squads. Then SA got Fast bowling allrounders Morris (140K plusbowler) and D Petorious (medium pace ) Also got options in Wiese and Albie morkal still. This is apart from the top quality of Rabada. i would like to see SA playing 3 genuine express pass bowlers in Rabda ,viljon and Lange , with allrounder Morris and petoroius. for T20 Levi ,Wise and Albie should b in team. SA should play atleast 3 allrounders in all ODIs to get atleast 1 ofthem right. as ofnow options are Petoroius ,Morris, Wiese, Albie is T20 specialist.

  • Pundit on January 28, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    Broken saint.....I assume you are referring to selection policy. How about all,those payers in apartheid era who need set their foot on a cricket field,for their country? Like of Amla, Ntini, Giibs, philander, Petiersen, and now we have Rabada and Bavuma who have done justice. There must be more South AFRICANS who are capable to play and perform. BTW Ntini and Rabada hold best records for test match returns!!, So,please comment sensibly.

  • subhasish on January 28, 2016, 4:46 GMT

    South Africa should play their best 11 in every match south Africa lose series after series at the moment they need series win against England badly to find their confidence rabada morkel should play all the matches don't rest them beat England 5-0 and get confidence before t20 world cup only win gives u confidence...

  • Varun on January 27, 2016, 21:10 GMT

    He should just retire from limited overs and commit to test cricket. He is not as good as he was but will still be a handful on helpful pitches. He can be like Anderson. Good on helpful tracks and useless otherwise.

  • Brokensaint on January 27, 2016, 18:41 GMT

    Wiaan Mulder is a great talent but due to other non sport related issues Wiaan won't see the light of day.

  • sunil on January 27, 2016, 12:52 GMT

    maybe dale steyn should retire now...

  • Parthan on January 27, 2016, 9:08 GMT

    My own non-expert opinion is that Steyn's shoulder injury was the product of being over-bowled in his first game back after break that hadn't given him the opportunity to bowl himself back into fitness. This long break is good and gives Steyn the opportunity to take himself and work his way back into fast-bowling shape before their next series. In the meantime, despite the rise of Rabada, the SAffers must be painfully aware of their depleted fast-bowling stocks and with Steyn, Morkel and Philander all now on the wrong side of 30 they need to start looking to the future. This ODI series should hopefully see them giving more up-and-comers match practice for future roles in the SA pace attack.

  •   Eitan Shai on January 27, 2016, 9:07 GMT

    Without Steyn, Abbott and Philander, and resting Morkel and Rabada, I would like to see Daryn Dupavillion given a chance, he looks like a young Steyn!

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