South Africa news January 7, 2014

Steyn recovering from rib injury

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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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  • pat_one_back 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.

  • henchart 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.

  • cricketsubh 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

  • cricketsubh 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 .

  • pat_one_back 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.

  • 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 dismissal..im 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • henchart 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.

  • HenkS 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

  • pat_one_back 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.

  • henchart 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.

  • cricketsubh 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

  • cricketsubh 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 .

  • pat_one_back 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.

  • 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 dismissal..im 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • henchart 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.

  • HenkS 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

  • BellCurve on January 8, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Steyn's career stats are better than Lillee. His strike rate is the best of all bowlers with 200+ Test wickets. He achieved these feats despite flat pitches, oversized bats, protective gear, video analyses, etc, etc. All considering he is the greatest bowler of all time. SA will need him for at least another 3 years in order to maintain their No1 ranking and build their legacy as the greatest team of all time - ahead of 1948 Aus, 80s WI and 90s/00s Aus.

  • Waws on January 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Dale will prove to the world that not only does he have more skill than Johnson witch is obvious but more pace as well, you will be surprise at the pace Steyn can bowl, so lets wait and see who gets intimidated

  • Sanjiyan on January 8, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    While Johnson is the more intimidating bowler dont forget that Steyn(when fired up) can be just as daunting. Dont forget, SA have already faced a pumped up, on song johnson before. No other country has this 'luxury', so if anyone can put him in his place its the saffers.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @Sudip: There is not a popsicles chance in hades that Steyn is more intimidating that Johnson. Johnson is miles quicker, stronger, left arm and slingy as compared to Steyn who is more conventional.

    I'm not saying Johnson is the more skillful bowler. Steyn is probably more likely to get you out, but Johnson is a lot more likely to hurt you, have you jumping around the crease and scared than Steyn is by a country mile.

    Basilcally, Johnson makes you worry about you life, Steyn makes you worry about your wicket. BIG difference.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 8, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    The Saffa's won't break down mentally as the English. So Johnson knows that they are tougher to intimidate so they need new tactics.

  • on January 8, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Steyn is the best bowler of the generation by miles and johnson would not come closer for comparison. even half fit steyn is more intimidating than full fit jonhson. mark my word, steyn gonna make aussie dance to his lethal swinging deliveries. This temporary high moment of aussie will not last long.

  • on January 8, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    get well soon Mr. Steyn gun. All the best for Aussie series.

  • creebo777 on January 8, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    break steyns confidence? Lol steyn usually gets fire up we ve played johnson before we re not scared

  • on January 8, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Aussie chirps probably makes them sleep easy at night but are so boring to SA. Hope all the key players from both sides are fit to play. We played with 10 men in one match.

  • Johnny_129 on January 8, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    The series will be a shoot-out between Steyn and Johnson. They are different types of bowlers - Steyn more reliant on skill whereas Johnson relies more on intimidation. Johnson can bat while Steyn is not so good with the bat. Aus will try and break Steyn's confidence by targeting him when he bats. This broken rib news should not have been revealed by SA - That's like showing a red rag to a wild bull! I have a strong feeling that Johnson will win the battle - He will really ruffle Steyn as well as Greame Smith!

  • Albert_cambell on January 8, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    We need him fully fit for the Aussie series. Get well soon Steyn.

  • Thegimp on January 8, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Now I know why all you SA and Indian Fans post so many comments on stories about Australia and England. I thought I'd have a quick look and found out that no-one writes anything about your sides!!!

  • Thegimp on January 8, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    What will Johnson do to the rest of the ribs if just falling over cracks one?

    I'm looking forward to watching them bowl at each other!!!

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    The premier fast bowler in world cricket at this monent..get well soon..and hoping to see a great battle between Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson.

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Dale Steyn the premier fast bowler at this stage.Hope to see a wonderful battle against two fantastic fast bowlers in Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson!!

  • dalboy12 on January 8, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Be gutted if Steyn was not fully fit and ready to go for that series. I really hope both teams are at full strength so that both teams can fight it out without missing their best players. That said, I suppose injuries are a part of cricket and these days if you want to be called the best team in the world --- you really need the best 14/15 players not just the top 11.

  • pat_one_back on January 8, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Hoping both Steyn & Harris are fit enough to do themselves justice in the upcoming 3 tests, this should be a bowl off of epic proportions after injury intervened in our 2012 square off. Perhaps not since Aust went to the Windies in '95 or hosted Eng in '05/06 has there been a showdown like this for Aust fans to look forward to. On paper Aust are in challenging form with the ball but outgunned with the bat but then again, Ed Cowan has a hundred against SA so anything is possible!

  • on January 7, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    come on styen this is really the time to show aussies that who have better bowling attack and who is greatest bowler today Steyn or Mitchel Johnson.

    best wishes for styen to get fit and hurt aussies and same for MJ.

  • on January 7, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Wish good luck for fast recovery.

  • on January 7, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    steyn with a cracked rib. Ab with abborke hand. Makes one wonder how often these top player play hurt. Certainly the TV commentators either don't know about or aren't saying. Its clear if you compare to the fragility of baseball pitchers, the physical strain of the long run in and violent action repeated 30 x 6 over a 7 plus hour day must be immense over the career of guys who excelt at the highest level.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 7, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Dale, Siddle says you are rubbish. Lets prove him wrong!

  • on January 7, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Get well soon steyn , there are bunch if wannabes claiming them to be the best in the world, time to show the world who is what

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  • on January 7, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Get well soon steyn , there are bunch if wannabes claiming them to be the best in the world, time to show the world who is what

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 7, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Dale, Siddle says you are rubbish. Lets prove him wrong!

  • on January 7, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    steyn with a cracked rib. Ab with abborke hand. Makes one wonder how often these top player play hurt. Certainly the TV commentators either don't know about or aren't saying. Its clear if you compare to the fragility of baseball pitchers, the physical strain of the long run in and violent action repeated 30 x 6 over a 7 plus hour day must be immense over the career of guys who excelt at the highest level.

  • on January 7, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Wish good luck for fast recovery.

  • on January 7, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    come on styen this is really the time to show aussies that who have better bowling attack and who is greatest bowler today Steyn or Mitchel Johnson.

    best wishes for styen to get fit and hurt aussies and same for MJ.

  • pat_one_back on January 8, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Hoping both Steyn & Harris are fit enough to do themselves justice in the upcoming 3 tests, this should be a bowl off of epic proportions after injury intervened in our 2012 square off. Perhaps not since Aust went to the Windies in '95 or hosted Eng in '05/06 has there been a showdown like this for Aust fans to look forward to. On paper Aust are in challenging form with the ball but outgunned with the bat but then again, Ed Cowan has a hundred against SA so anything is possible!

  • dalboy12 on January 8, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Be gutted if Steyn was not fully fit and ready to go for that series. I really hope both teams are at full strength so that both teams can fight it out without missing their best players. That said, I suppose injuries are a part of cricket and these days if you want to be called the best team in the world --- you really need the best 14/15 players not just the top 11.

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Dale Steyn the premier fast bowler at this stage.Hope to see a wonderful battle against two fantastic fast bowlers in Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson!!

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    The premier fast bowler in world cricket at this monent..get well soon..and hoping to see a great battle between Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson.

  • Thegimp on January 8, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    What will Johnson do to the rest of the ribs if just falling over cracks one?

    I'm looking forward to watching them bowl at each other!!!