Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 28, 2013

Steyn, Kallis ruled out of final ODI

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Dale Steyn, South Africa's premier fast bowler, and veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis have been ruled out of South Africa's third ODI against Pakistan with injury niggles.

Steyn has a mild left side strain while Kallis, who made his comeback to the 50-over format at the start of the series, has a badly sprained joint on the little finger of his right hand.

The pair were released from the squad for the final match against Pakistan, who are aiming for a 3-0 sweep, as a precautionary measure so they could be in "prime condition," for the upcoming series against India, according to team manager Mohammad Moosajee.

South Africa are in the midst of a busy limited-overs programme which includes 11 ODIs and four T20s in the space of six weeks and it seems to be taking its toll on some players.

Steyn played in all four T20s but in only four of the seven ODIs. He was seen in some discomfort during first ODI in Cape Town on Sunday, where he was holding his left side but played in the second match of the series in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. This is not his first side strain this year - the condition also plagued him during the Champions Trophy.

Kallis's problem may be more of a concern. He made a return to the ODI team after an absence of a year and nine months as part of a plan to play in the 2015 World Cup. At 38, he scored a half-century in the first ODI and looked to be settling back into the side.

He replaced Faf du Plesiss - who was dropped for the series against Pakistan and India - which leaves South Africa without a replacement batsman. Wayne Parnell may be brought in as an additional allrounder with Ryan McLaren also likely to feature in Saturday's XI.

Morne Morkel, who did not play the previous ODI and was also rested from one of the T20s, or Vernon Philander are the candidates to replace Steyn.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on November 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Both MIsbah and Sammy are excellent, but terribly under-rated Captains.

    Congratulations, Pakistan for winning this important series against South Africa in South Africa. Salutes from an Indian cricket Lover.

  • dummy4fb on November 29, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Agreed with all of them but stop criticizing our team may be the next world cup 2015 will be in pakistan. How about Nasir Jamshed? A consistent low performer in his throughout career. I have never ever seen him playing even one good innings for the past 20 matches apart from played against India in 2011. I wonder how is he still playing. Asad Shafique is a genuine one day & test player still to struggling to get place in playing XI.........

  • dummy4fb on November 29, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Pakistan's win is not just another win...its something much bigger than jsut winning or loosing.its about Hardwork

  • android_user on November 29, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    wat ever u say Indian bowlers r becoming better n by each going match bhuvi n sham I r lukin like threat for sa fragile batting n Ind will prove their no.1 spot by beating said in odi series n will climb ladder in test rankings by beating said in test also any thoughts

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @team_India_no1 this is the habbit of every human being in the world, they should criticize when they witness something bad, and praise in return of good, please don't go too far away, just look at your own Indian fans comments in the report of 2nd ODI b/w India and West Indies, you'll forget commenting anything like this again in Pakistan's matter. We do go crazy when our team wins and because we love our national team, so its our right to criticize them :) Thank you for your comments mate!

  • dummy4fb on November 29, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It is not a second string SA team, it is a full strength, star studded SA team, hence the series win is all the more significant. I have always defended Misbah, he has an excellent cricket brain and does what is needed of him, both as a batsman and as a leader. Hats off to the Pakistan team for being the first Asian team to win a series in SA.

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @shashi_dhoni Bro you can't even compare Pakistan's batting when it comes to chasing specially, they're not a batting team, they have world class bowlers, as far as batting goes, this fragile batting lineup even scrambled against teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe, India still has better bowlers then the said teams, nevertheless Young Pakistan's batsman are doing well now, the selectors are slowly but steadily taking measures, but what I meant was I was telling the strength point of India and Pakistan, and while competing against India in India, Pakistan bowlers driven nuts to the famous name of Indian lineup, where you may have chased 300 plus convincingly, and the batsman also didn't do too badly there, these young Pakistan batsman are great, they are just demoralized, i believe that's probably coz of poor coaching from DAV whatmore.

  • noodlegame on November 29, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistan team for this effort and hope the same from our team. Though I wonder how a team fans change their tone overnight when their team does well. All tuk tuk problems change into boom boom.

  • android_user on November 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Pak deserved to win .. hats off to them

  • android_user on November 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I wonder when are our neighbors going to grow up and show some sort of maturity. They should better enjoy there 'so-called' no.1 status achieved mainly playing at home. When the going gets tough everyone knows how much capable they are. I guess they haven't seen how Australia used to play as no 1. Calling teams at their backyard and thrashing at spinner-friendly tracks is not what associated with champions. The entire world knows how good your bowling is and batters are clueless in alien conditions. Australia & England series are ample proof of that. Grow up & start accepting our exploits. We did the same when you bought' the World Cup two years back!!!!