South Africa news July 3, 2013

Steyn doubtful for SL limited-overs series

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Russell Domingo is likely to begin his tenure as South Africa's head coach without Dale Steyn. The fast bowler still needs "about three weeks of rehabilitation" according to team manager Mohammed Moosajee, which could rule him out of the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka that begins on July 20.

Domingo will announce his first squad, who will play five ODIs and three T20s against Sri Lanka, on Thursday. He will also unveil a new support staff, which could include his predecessor Gary Kirsten. ESPNcricinfo understands Kirsten may be retained in a consultancy capacity and will work a set number of days with the national team.

On his appointment, Domingo indicated he would keep the same support staff Kirsten put in place which means Allan Donald will likely stay on as bowling coach. The only additions will be a new assistant coach - Lions' Geoffrey Toyana and Cobras' Paul Adams are considered frontrunners - and a new fitness trainer after Rob Walter was put in-charge of the Titans.

Kirsten's philosophy will continue to run through South African cricket but Domingo will be able to demonstrate the direction he wants to take the squad in through his selection. He takes over the limited-overs units which are struggling for identity after Kirsten's Test-centric focus left them in an experimental phase. The manner in which they bowed out of the Champions Trophy - a semi-final loss to England, caused by an all-too-familiar batting collapse - underlined that status. The absence of senior players hurt South Africa as well and it will be up to Domingo to rebuild.

He will probably have to start without Steyn, whose recovery will only be complete after the series gets under way. Even if he is taken on the tour, his workload will be closely monitored. Steyn sustained a side strain in the lead up to the Champions Trophy which ruled him out of South Africa's first two matches and then had a groin problem, which kept him out of the semi-final.

Better news for Domingo is that Morne Morkel should be available. Morkel left the Champions Trophy after South Africa's first match with a quad strain but Moosajee confirmed he has returned to full fitness.

Marchant de Lange, who regularly breaks the 150kph mark, is expected to be recalled after he made a complete recovery from stress fractures and a successful comeback to the domestic scene late last summer. That will leave Domingo to choose two from a pool comprising Chris Morris, who replaced Morkel admirably, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt, which could see Kleinveldt left behind, although he may make a return in the twenty-over format.

Public opinion will still call for Vernon Philander, who took 4 for 8 in his Friends Life t20 debut, but it will be a surprise if he is brought in. With a List A average of 35.74 and a body the administrators want to preserve for Test cricket, Philander is best employed elsewhere.

Given the venue of the series, Domingo will be tempted to take extras in the spin department which includes Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso and JP Duminy. Imran Tahir may be in line after ending last season strongly for the Lions while Roelof van der Merwe has also been suggested. Van der Merwe, like Peterson and Phangiso, is a left-arm spinner, so Tahir may be preferred for variation.

South Africa's bowling was barely allowed to come to the fore in the Champions Trophy because their batting let them down and it will be that area Domingo has to pay careful attention to. The problems start at the top where one opening berth has yet to be filled. Hashim Amla needs a partner and since Graeme Smith's recovery from ankle surgery is still months away Domingo could either continue with Colin Ingram or look elsewhere.

Ingram had one significant score in the Champions Trophy, 73 against West Indies, but looked unsure in the role the rest of the time. Titans batsmen Henry Davids, who is in the national Twenty20 squad, would appear the frontrunner for the job. Wicketkeeper batsmen Quinton de Kock could also be in the reckoning.

The result could be no room for Farhaan Behardien, who was benched during the Champions Trophy and has been surpassed by David Miller. With Faf du Plessis and Duminy making up the middle order, Domingo should be confident he has enough firepower on hand.

Ryan McLaren, following a superb Champions Trophy, will be the first-choice allrounder again which should clarify the future of Jacques Kallis as a Test-only player. Names like Albie Morkel and Johan Botha will come up, but the former lost his national contract two months ago as South Africa look elsewhere for two-in-one players and the latter's relocation to South Australia continues to make him unavailable for the national team.

Domingo has a stern task ahead. Although keeping South Africa on top of the Test rankings is still considered the top priority, remoulding the limited-overs sides, especially the ODI one, into the consistent, winning teams they once were is a far trickier assignment. Considering that South Africa have only won one out of 11 ODIs against Sri Lanka at home and have bad memories of their World Twenty20 there last year, it's also a tricky place for the Domingo days to dawn.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | July 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Steyn has been remarkably injury free for a fast bowler thus far in his career. Hope this is just a brief phase. I would leave out Kleinveldt and go for Morkel, Lopsy and McClaren as the pace trio (assuming that they will only use 3 pace bowlers in Sri Lankan conditions). I will never understand why Tahir was only looked at for Test cricket after he made such a good start at the World Cup. He might bowl the odd filthy ball but he takes wickets. I suppose SA like their spinner to be able to bat (Symcox, Boje, Petersen, Botha, van der Merwe for a bit) although Phangiso bucks that trend so what not Tahir? I watched him closely in the local one day competition and he is a canny bowler with lots of experience. Mind you Phangiso also has loads of potential and is also an excellent fielder which Tahir is not so they should give him a fair go. Just play 3 spinners plus JP and Faf and be done with it!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I do not care who they play in the ODI's or T20's as long as they keep Steyn and Philander fresh for tests. We are going to need them in a serious way in the upcoming tests again Pakistan (away) and India (at home). I agree that Duminy continues to flatter to deceive, and he should be told "to cash in or cash out". He was injured for a long period so he should be given another chance. The same about Tahir. He really had only one bad outing (against Australia). Perhaps Claude Henderson can help him to cut back on his bad deliveries.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Even as a Sri Lankan, this series is meaningless. Steyn should be preserved for Test and marquee limited overs tournaments from now on. Testing the ODI circuit will help prune bowlers like Morris and unearth possible replacements for the Test trio. Perhaps Kyle Abbott CJ De Villiers and De Lange should be given some opportunities to get some overs under the belt. I would also suggest South Africa try a few spin options as they might come in handy for the tour of the UAE

  • POSTED BY sasi on | July 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Duminy has never really been a match winner, although he did play exceptionally well in 08/09 against Aus. That was about it, with kallis and smith retiring in a few years time. I would say he is still very much part of the plan. maybe batting at 5 is not appropriate for him. maybe its time that ab de villers plays at 3 permanently. and give duminy more responsibility at no.4. Me thinks that miller is perfect at NO.5 spot. he is an aggressor and a inning builder. At no.6 should be another enforcer of david miller mold. And i wold like to see Rossuw or de kock open with amla. or maybe drop duminy for good and have de open with amla and roussow come 1st drop and have de villers at no 4.

    on the bowling front great to see De Langa back, he is the future spearhead of the attack. Dont ever want to see kvleigvelt ever again in the field. Morris and mclarne along with steyn is looking good. but morkel's time is ticking. although he should stick around till de lange is ready to go in tests.

  • POSTED BY paps123 on | July 4, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    How Duminy gets into the SA XI as an automatic selection is beyond me while performers like Miller, Albie Morkel have to slog it out to even find a place. Agreed he can bowl 5 overs of spin in a ODI, but honestly can't think of many good ODI innings that Duminy has played in ODI's apart from his first tour of AUS. In CT'2013 England, he was a shocker in every sense of the word. Poor against spin, suspect against pace, stroke less throughout & even dropped catches. Time for SA to find out why they choke under pressure and they must look at Duminy seriously if they want to redress.

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | July 4, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Please select vander merve and Ayabulela Gqamane and Andrew Birch they are very good promising bowlers and players.

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | July 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Roelof van der Merwe is a fighter like mike hussey and he is better limited over spinner than robin peterson his batting and fielding are bonus he needs to be in the team and philander might be intresting choic and agian good to see Marchant de Lange in the squad.

  • POSTED BY Dale_Pain on | July 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Consider Gqamane too as he swings it at a decent pace.

  • POSTED BY pv99 on | July 4, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    First of all i have a request for AB,dont waste your career building other players to play bib matches it never works for southafrica.the best thing you can do for ur team would be playing in first 3 positions for the the bcos ur the best batsman Southafrica has and why wasting time doing only finishing job. My X1:1)Smith2)Amla3)AB Devillers 4)Q.kock5)FAf D 6)Miller 7)Mclaran 8)Robin P 9)Morris 10)Tsobe 11)Steyn/morkel

  • POSTED BY highveldhillbilly on | July 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Seriously a meaningless series. I glad they don't risk Steyn. I'll start watching again when the test series against India starts at the end of the year. I reckon the selectors should throw in a lot of fringe players with potential, Viljoen has to make the cut. Also agree that it's worth giving Tahir another go, we was awesome in the WC and if it doesn't work out so what, no one will remember this series in 6 months time.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | July 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Steyn has been remarkably injury free for a fast bowler thus far in his career. Hope this is just a brief phase. I would leave out Kleinveldt and go for Morkel, Lopsy and McClaren as the pace trio (assuming that they will only use 3 pace bowlers in Sri Lankan conditions). I will never understand why Tahir was only looked at for Test cricket after he made such a good start at the World Cup. He might bowl the odd filthy ball but he takes wickets. I suppose SA like their spinner to be able to bat (Symcox, Boje, Petersen, Botha, van der Merwe for a bit) although Phangiso bucks that trend so what not Tahir? I watched him closely in the local one day competition and he is a canny bowler with lots of experience. Mind you Phangiso also has loads of potential and is also an excellent fielder which Tahir is not so they should give him a fair go. Just play 3 spinners plus JP and Faf and be done with it!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I do not care who they play in the ODI's or T20's as long as they keep Steyn and Philander fresh for tests. We are going to need them in a serious way in the upcoming tests again Pakistan (away) and India (at home). I agree that Duminy continues to flatter to deceive, and he should be told "to cash in or cash out". He was injured for a long period so he should be given another chance. The same about Tahir. He really had only one bad outing (against Australia). Perhaps Claude Henderson can help him to cut back on his bad deliveries.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Even as a Sri Lankan, this series is meaningless. Steyn should be preserved for Test and marquee limited overs tournaments from now on. Testing the ODI circuit will help prune bowlers like Morris and unearth possible replacements for the Test trio. Perhaps Kyle Abbott CJ De Villiers and De Lange should be given some opportunities to get some overs under the belt. I would also suggest South Africa try a few spin options as they might come in handy for the tour of the UAE

  • POSTED BY sasi on | July 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Duminy has never really been a match winner, although he did play exceptionally well in 08/09 against Aus. That was about it, with kallis and smith retiring in a few years time. I would say he is still very much part of the plan. maybe batting at 5 is not appropriate for him. maybe its time that ab de villers plays at 3 permanently. and give duminy more responsibility at no.4. Me thinks that miller is perfect at NO.5 spot. he is an aggressor and a inning builder. At no.6 should be another enforcer of david miller mold. And i wold like to see Rossuw or de kock open with amla. or maybe drop duminy for good and have de open with amla and roussow come 1st drop and have de villers at no 4.

    on the bowling front great to see De Langa back, he is the future spearhead of the attack. Dont ever want to see kvleigvelt ever again in the field. Morris and mclarne along with steyn is looking good. but morkel's time is ticking. although he should stick around till de lange is ready to go in tests.

  • POSTED BY paps123 on | July 4, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    How Duminy gets into the SA XI as an automatic selection is beyond me while performers like Miller, Albie Morkel have to slog it out to even find a place. Agreed he can bowl 5 overs of spin in a ODI, but honestly can't think of many good ODI innings that Duminy has played in ODI's apart from his first tour of AUS. In CT'2013 England, he was a shocker in every sense of the word. Poor against spin, suspect against pace, stroke less throughout & even dropped catches. Time for SA to find out why they choke under pressure and they must look at Duminy seriously if they want to redress.

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | July 4, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Please select vander merve and Ayabulela Gqamane and Andrew Birch they are very good promising bowlers and players.

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | July 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Roelof van der Merwe is a fighter like mike hussey and he is better limited over spinner than robin peterson his batting and fielding are bonus he needs to be in the team and philander might be intresting choic and agian good to see Marchant de Lange in the squad.

  • POSTED BY Dale_Pain on | July 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Consider Gqamane too as he swings it at a decent pace.

  • POSTED BY pv99 on | July 4, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    First of all i have a request for AB,dont waste your career building other players to play bib matches it never works for southafrica.the best thing you can do for ur team would be playing in first 3 positions for the the bcos ur the best batsman Southafrica has and why wasting time doing only finishing job. My X1:1)Smith2)Amla3)AB Devillers 4)Q.kock5)FAf D 6)Miller 7)Mclaran 8)Robin P 9)Morris 10)Tsobe 11)Steyn/morkel

  • POSTED BY highveldhillbilly on | July 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Seriously a meaningless series. I glad they don't risk Steyn. I'll start watching again when the test series against India starts at the end of the year. I reckon the selectors should throw in a lot of fringe players with potential, Viljoen has to make the cut. Also agree that it's worth giving Tahir another go, we was awesome in the WC and if it doesn't work out so what, no one will remember this series in 6 months time.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    "That IPL has caused so many players to retire even before their actual time....Most of the players are giving IPL more importance then international game...I won't be surprised if one more great asset of the game will be destroyed in lure of money".......

  • POSTED BY peter4135 on | July 4, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Meaningless series, that's all it is!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    What a hiding awaits the Proteas. The last time they succeeded in Sri Lanka they had Klusener bowling off cutters and he and Nicky Boje won us the odd game. You need bowlers with skill. Morkel, McLaren, Tsosobe ,Kleinveldtand Peterson will be slaughtered. Alfonso Thomas, Hardus Viljoen and Johan Botha( as captain) would add plenty to the Proteas pathetic attack.

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | July 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    It's good news for SLan batsmen but it's a big lose for SLan fans.We will miss to see world best bowler in current era.My friend told me before Steyn's deliveries are lightning quick to naked eye.But i still love to see Amla's and AB's batting in my naked eye.We will miss you Steyn.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | July 4, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    I like the idea of giving Kyle Abbott a go to replace Dale Steyn. A change needs to be made if Steyn is no fit like it says he isn't. I like the idea of Hardus Viljoen getting a go. But to me if Kleinveldt gets dropped I think the ideal replacement for him would be Dillon du Preez the man was on fire with the ball in FC and he can bat also which is why he is a good replacement for Rory. You need to give good performers a go because before too long Dillon du Preez will get too old and as he gets on with age obviously it wouldn't be very likely he would play for South Africa at all. But obviously Dillon du Preez is best in the longest format.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @GRVJRPRFRWR : You forgot what he did to the indians?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    i guess its time to bring out some fresh players such as de kock,richard levi and you can even give a chance to albie morkel

  • POSTED BY Nick636 on | July 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    This country's approach to cricket baffles me almost on a daily basis. First of all, Tsotsobe has done NOTHING of note in the last year and a bit. He is basically being selected on his form of two or three years back. He is overweight and has NO sting in his bowling. Then we have Vernon Philander who they want as a TEST ONLY player?!?!?! HUH??? Cricket, at the end of the day is still cricket. And if you have someone that talented, surely he should play both formats. (Players like Steyn, Pollack, Donald, Ntini ALL did it for years.)

    Why persist with Ingram? WHY NOT ALVIRO PETERSON!? He is consistent at least.

    Quintin de Kock deserves a spot, but not to open, NOT yet. Morris should be a shoe-in. Kleinveld also needs to either perform or get dropped. He has no pace, bowls constant slow half-pitchers and goes for plenty runs. Why not give Hardus Viljoen or Kyle Abbott a run?

    WE HAVE OPTIONS, STOP RESORTING TO THE TRIED and TESTED DISAPPOINTMENTS!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    I doubt the IPL has worn Steyn out-he bowled about 30 overs there? I dont think the S.A spinners have potential as some suggest.None of them turn it much and are containing bowlers mainly/only.Johan Botha is the best overall S.A spinner and its a surprise (to me) that Marchant DeLange was not taken to England.2 Big,Overweight medium pacers in Kleinveldt and Tsotsobe,both of whom dont swing the ball, were preferred-huh??? Ingram will be a walking wicket against Malinga's inswinger,rather have Peterson opening with Amla.Also J.P should bat at 3-there wont be many short balls in 50 overs and he can play a bigger role.The worst thing is him getting in against twin spin which he has found him out especially offspin

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 4, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    He was injured against Pak before IPL, still played 16 matches in IPL then again declared unfit.

  • POSTED BY Seether1 on | July 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @mcsdl and @GRVJPR Please look at Steyn's record in Pakistan, UAE and India. He was destructive on those tours! Please educate yourselves before making stupid statemements. The only time Steyn played in SL was in 2006 at the age of 23. He was still young and erratic. In fact I think it is SL that are scared of facing Steyn even in their own conditions, hence they cancelled the tests!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Some shocking comments!!! GRVJPR - Steyn doesnt wanna bowl in tough conditions?? What are you talking about. He had the best economy rate in the ipl this year? He took 7 for 40 against India in India on a flat track one of the greatest spells of fast bowling ever. Every bowler has an off match, so he got smacked by 2 world class batsman a good few years ago. You honestly believe he is scared too travel to Sri Lanka again..its embarressing how little some people pretend to understand about this game.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 4, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Dale steyn doesn't want to bowl in tough conditions. This is why I don't call him great. He only bowls on doctored south african pitches where eve tsotsobe looks like Joel Garner.

  • POSTED BY cric_leo on | July 4, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    the extensive IPL worn out most of the prominent players in world cricket. MSD, Dwayne bravo, Ravi rampaul, dale styne, are some of them. even Thisara Perara losts is place in national side due to exhaustion of extensive cricket. the result is their service is not available in their respective national sides when needed. this non - stop cricket significantly shortened the carriers of the dominant players, specially fast bowlers. ICC must look on this matter seriously in the future and National cricket boards must do some control measure, such as rotation policy (though it's proven to be unsuccessful) to minimize the long term injuries.

    tour to sri lanka is test for young fast bowling squad of SA. as we know they are dominant in fast and bouncy pitches, it's challenge to them put up a same performance in sub-continent flat tracks which required variation oriented bowling.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | July 4, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Good decision to leave Steyn at home, especially for a rubbish, watered-down limited overs tour of Sri Lanka. In fact, when the Sri Lankans pulled the Tests, we should have told them to take a hike and find someone else to host for these meaningless fixtures. The only 'positives' I can see will be if we use the tour to blood a few youngsters, notably de Kock, and leave Rory Kleinveldt back in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    as a Sri Lankan fan in a way we are happy cus our team will be not facing one of the best bowlers in the world, also we will miss seen him bowling on our soil, its a win/loss situation

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 4, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Limited Overs? Why aren't they playing Tests?

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | July 4, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Well Steyn must be happy that he now got an excuse (injury) to not to tour Sri Lanka. We all know what happened to him when he last toured. Mahela and Sanga hammered him all over the park (remember world record 624 run partnership). Sri Lankans made Steyn look ordinary in that tour...! He is a releived man now that he is not going to get battered again...!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    hey guys what happened to merchant de lange.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | July 4, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Steyn just hit 30. He is still young and he is a competitor so he would always want to play but the team management should start blooding young, up and coming bowlers in this kind of series and start using Steyn more intelligently. Nobody is going to remember this series two days after it ends anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    South African Cricket team is a mystery wrapped in a puzzle boxed in wonderment [if any of that makes sense]. The team has the best Batsman [Amla] on the planet, the best Bowler on the planet [Steyn], the greatest all rounder to grace this sport [OK all you old fogies, yes, I am 57 and know of that guy you call Garry Sobers] all rounders like apples falling of a shaken tree, a great coach [Kirsten] and nothing to show for all of that in ODIs and T20s. If one could solve this mystery, you will have the South Africans winning every event in Cricket for ever.

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I think the recently concluded IPL series had worn his body out. He played non-stop so what do you expect? ''something's gotta give''. Unfortunately its the national side that suffered without him esp. in CT semi-final. He could have made a difference in that match.

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | July 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    After steyn tormented us earlier this year, sri lanka are lucky he is not there. Anyways good luck sri lanka from pakistan

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | July 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    We can not depend on only a one bowler,meanwhile you have 3-4 very good fast bowlers like KYLE Abott,LENGE,Morris....Birch, Williams.C j DE villiers....So Sa should start to try new combinations right now for WC 2015....Dale and Morkel are now Around 30 's now so they have to face injuries .... and in batting line-up Q.Kock ,ELGAAR,Rossow,Jennings,must be called now.....in Spin option We should consider the spinners who can bat like Pat Symcox and boje,so* MERWE and ELGAAR* is the best choice.Think Sri Lankan D.Silva, Dharmsena,Chandana Jayasuria are real batsmen but they would bowl in all matches with Murali or without Murli.and MORRIS ,FARHAAN FAf can be used as a FINISHER or hitter ...So DOMINGO should start with good combinations...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Yeay! No Steyn. Sad to not see him bowl, but glad we don't have to face him. He's a monster with the ball :D

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Yeay! No Steyn. Sad to not see him bowl, but glad we don't have to face him. He's a monster with the ball :D

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | July 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    We can not depend on only a one bowler,meanwhile you have 3-4 very good fast bowlers like KYLE Abott,LENGE,Morris....Birch, Williams.C j DE villiers....So Sa should start to try new combinations right now for WC 2015....Dale and Morkel are now Around 30 's now so they have to face injuries .... and in batting line-up Q.Kock ,ELGAAR,Rossow,Jennings,must be called now.....in Spin option We should consider the spinners who can bat like Pat Symcox and boje,so* MERWE and ELGAAR* is the best choice.Think Sri Lankan D.Silva, Dharmsena,Chandana Jayasuria are real batsmen but they would bowl in all matches with Murali or without Murli.and MORRIS ,FARHAAN FAf can be used as a FINISHER or hitter ...So DOMINGO should start with good combinations...

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | July 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    After steyn tormented us earlier this year, sri lanka are lucky he is not there. Anyways good luck sri lanka from pakistan

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I think the recently concluded IPL series had worn his body out. He played non-stop so what do you expect? ''something's gotta give''. Unfortunately its the national side that suffered without him esp. in CT semi-final. He could have made a difference in that match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    South African Cricket team is a mystery wrapped in a puzzle boxed in wonderment [if any of that makes sense]. The team has the best Batsman [Amla] on the planet, the best Bowler on the planet [Steyn], the greatest all rounder to grace this sport [OK all you old fogies, yes, I am 57 and know of that guy you call Garry Sobers] all rounders like apples falling of a shaken tree, a great coach [Kirsten] and nothing to show for all of that in ODIs and T20s. If one could solve this mystery, you will have the South Africans winning every event in Cricket for ever.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | July 4, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Steyn just hit 30. He is still young and he is a competitor so he would always want to play but the team management should start blooding young, up and coming bowlers in this kind of series and start using Steyn more intelligently. Nobody is going to remember this series two days after it ends anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    hey guys what happened to merchant de lange.

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | July 4, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Well Steyn must be happy that he now got an excuse (injury) to not to tour Sri Lanka. We all know what happened to him when he last toured. Mahela and Sanga hammered him all over the park (remember world record 624 run partnership). Sri Lankans made Steyn look ordinary in that tour...! He is a releived man now that he is not going to get battered again...!

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 4, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Limited Overs? Why aren't they playing Tests?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    as a Sri Lankan fan in a way we are happy cus our team will be not facing one of the best bowlers in the world, also we will miss seen him bowling on our soil, its a win/loss situation