South Africa news February 23, 2016

Steyn to make return in club cricket

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Dale Steyn has been handled carefully since picking up another injury against England in December © Gallo Images

Dale Steyn will make a return to competitive cricket after almost two months out of action on Saturday in a club game in Cape Town. Steyn will play for Western Province Cricket Club in the first day of a two-day fixture against St Augustine in order to determine his readiness for next month's three T20s against Australia and the World T20.

Steyn has been named in South Africa's squad for the tournament despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury since pulling up during the first Test against England in December and playing just two matches since November. Steyn missed six of South Africa's eight summer Tests - first with a groin injury he sustained in India and then the shoulder injury on comeback in Durban - and all the limited-overs matches against England.

South Africa's team management took extra care not to rush him back from injury fearing it would worsen their chances of having him for the World T20. Steyn returned to bowling last week and joined the squad for a team bonding session which involved shark cage diving and also a net session at Newlands. T20 captain Faf du Plessis said Steyn, "looks fully fit," but a call could only be taken on whether he will travel to the tournament if he gets through the matches against Australia.

Should Steyn not be available for the World T20, South Africa have put a bowler on standby. Although the selectors have not revealed who that is, Morne Morkel, who was left out the squad, is the likeliest candidate.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • WCSWART on February 24, 2016, 19:22 GMT

    Consistently the best fast bowler in the world for more than a decade, and one of the greatest ever. The day Steyn retires will be a sad day for Cricket. Lets hope Dale performs well and play for a few more years. Miles ahead of ANY other bowler in his generation. Pure Class!

  • St00rt on February 24, 2016, 7:32 GMT

    Number 11 batsman comes in *trips over boundary rope "retires hurt"

  • Stumay on February 24, 2016, 7:10 GMT

    I'm sure the club players are thrilled to bits at the thought of facing him.

  • RobKry on February 24, 2016, 5:25 GMT

    Plot twist - the club batsmen take him apart. He tries too hard to come back at them and then injures himself further

  • din7 on February 24, 2016, 4:48 GMT

    better to keep him away form the tournament but i guess he might retire from limited overs after t20 tourney which will be most welcome so that he can extend his test career and break highest wickts record for fast bowlers! if he doesnt who will? deservingly he shld!

  • Dev Mithra on February 24, 2016, 0:59 GMT

    Why are indians so obsessed with retirements? Stop using that word, mate

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 23, 2016, 22:32 GMT

    The St Augustine batsmen are muttering to themselves right now...

  • SimsSaffa on February 23, 2016, 21:33 GMT

    Invaluable experience in the subcontinent.

  • SimsSaffa on February 23, 2016, 21:23 GMT

    His experience will be invaluable in subcontinent conditions - wonderful record as an overseas fast bowler (test cricket). Dust bowl or flat deck, Steyn can contain and/or take wickets.

  • NAP73 on February 23, 2016, 21:16 GMT

    Great to see him back. Best bowler, apart from maybe holding and akram, when he is fit. England were lucky to escape him and hence won their test series easily. Don't think Australia and others will be that lucky, though niggling injuries may become more common now given that he is not so young anymore. Hopefully the fitness etc coaches help sustain his role for a while yet.

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