South Africa news January 7, 2014

Steyn recovering from rib injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is suffering from a minor fracture to his rib but is set to recover in time for the home series against Australia, the first Test of which begins on February 12.

"During the second Test [against India] in Durban, Dale dived for the ball and he felt a bit of discomfort on the right side of his chest," South Africa's team doctor Mohammed Moosajee told Eyewitness News Sport. "He finished the Test unscathed and about two days after the match, he complained that the area was feeling quite tender.

"We proceeded to have an x-ray done, which didn't reveal much. A subsequent scan revealed a minor fracture of the eighth rib on the right hand side. He will be fit for Australia. We're quite confident that with this type of injury, he'll have time to recuperate and to recover fully."

Steyn took nine wickets in that Test, which South Africa won by ten wickets to take the series 1-0, and was Man of the Match. Australia are set to tour South Africa for three Tests and three T20 internationals from February 5 to March 14.

Steyn will no longer be available for the Cape Cobras in the current Ram Slam T20 competition.

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  • Patrick on January 10, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Cute eye patch @henman, check out Aust bowling figures in Eng, Ian Bell alone succeeded in scoring. Don't remember your skipper batting at 11 on the SCG (a less bouncy Aust track) with a broken hand courtesy of MJ? Smith won't have forgotten it! Curious timing for Kallis retirement too given the working over from 19 yo Patty Cummins last tour, Kallis has been an amazing player but reflexes deteriorate, legendary player, just say'n... As for Indian bowling um, SA don't have a test class spinner and India's medium pacers were belted far and wide on ALL Aust pitches. SA are a great team no matter how flawed your argument but they better bring their A-game come Feb. Aust batting certainly a weakness but I disagree SA has any fielding superiority. The odd handy score can win a 3 test series, we have a few batsmen quite capable of that despite inconsistency. Broad & Anderson have certainly provided better readiness than India have for SA too I'll point out.

  • Shruti on January 9, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    @pat_one_back: We are talking about No.1 side in the world.Another factor is that English worthies whom you named were facing Johnson and Co. in away tests whereas the SA batsmen would be playing on home grounds.Aus batting line up isnt strong enough to face Steyn,Morkel and Philander.In fact weak Indian bowling exposed Aus in India.Do you feel that Johnson can instil fear in Ab,Amla and Smith ? No way.He couldnt do that in WACA or Adelaide Oval .What chance does he stand on SA grounds?Nil.SA is going to win the test series by virtue of being a far better batting and fielding unit.

  • subhasish on January 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    I think australia should beat this s.a side s.a heavily depends on amla and ab and faf thats shows in india series if ab and faf not their at goburge test i don't think sa can save the match and australia bowling attack is very strong now they rattel any bating line up

  • subhasish on January 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    S.a biggest problem came when steyn retires from test cricket becoz they don't have a fast bowling depth like australia .they only got 3 bowlers steyn,morkel,philandar playing every match for so many yaers so they don't try their other fast bowlers .steyn can't play for another 5 years with kallis retire from test extra workload on steyn so i think sa need to take care of stenyn and need to find some young bowlers for back off .

  • Patrick on January 8, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    @henchart, exactly what Eng proclaimed about Cook, Trott, KP, Bell & Prior, 2 are now gone, the future of KP's career under question along with Cook's captaincy. Far from being hungover Aust are on the march, averages will mean nothing on the day in fact I think it could well be runs coming from less expected places that determines what should be a low scoring series (given combined strength of attacks). 2-1 is my prediction, anyone's guess which way but none are likely to be thrashings.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Id hesitate calling Steyn the best ever..certainly up there with Marshall.Imran,Hadlee,Lillee and Akram (the most complete fast men of their countries)..Id just like Dale to be able to get the in shape to the lefties that leaves the right handers so beautifully...also id like to see him get his in ducker to the right hander a bit more ala the Ian Bell sure he has those tools and its as much a mental adjustment for him.He utilised the crease a bit more vs India at Durban and it did have an effect.My other concern is that he wont be "match hardened" and sometimes is a bit flat at the start of a series.Steyn thrives on work and bowling a lot but S.A have not played many tests in the last 8 months.

  • ESPN on January 8, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Steyn is well on course to being the best fast bowler of all time. His strike rate is unmatched. As long as he stays fit he'll pass Glen McGrath's total of 563 wickets to confirm this status. Show me any other bowler who breaks his rib on day one of a test match and not only continue to play but to bowl match changing spells and win the man of the match award! This man is a great of the game.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    i rate styen as great as lille and marshall, he is a true legeng of the game, in top 15 cricketers of all time, and top 5 fast bowlers of all time

  • Shruti on January 8, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    SA are miles ahead of Aus in batting. Amla,Ab,Faf,Smith and to less extent Alviro and JP are more than handful for Johnson and Co. Compared that with Rogers Warner,Watson , Clarke and Bailey .Difference is huge.

  • Henk on January 8, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Please continue revving up Steyn. He is at his deadliest when he goes quiet and smile his assassins smile

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