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.