World T20 2014

Steyn and du Plessis doubts for SA

Firdose Moonda

March 19, 2014

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Dale Steyn smiles while fielding, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, November 27, 2013
Dale Steyn has a couple of days to get ready for South Africa's opening game © AFP
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South Africa's T20 captain Faf du Plessis and pace spearhead Dale Steyn are in doubt for the team's opening World T20 match against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The pair both have hamstring injuries which kept them out of South Africa's final warm-up match against Pakistan on Wednesday. A final call on their availability will be taken on Saturday afternoon, shortly before the match.

Steyn mildly aggravated the right hamstring strain he suffered during the third Test against Australia in South Africa's first practice match against Bangladesh A yesterday. Steyn bowled 2.2 overs before leaving the field and has since been receiving treatment.

This follows a 10-day recovery period after Steyn initially sustained the injury on the first day of the Test. Then, he bowled 10.1 overs before being unable to continue and took no further part in the first innings effort. Steyn bowled three overs in the second innings but was left out of the T20 series against Australia to complete his rehabilitation program.

In a press release CSA said Steyn "will continue to receive treatment from the physiotherapist to give him the best chance of recovery for the opening match."

When the South African squad left for Bangladesh last Saturday, their team manager Mohammed Moosajee was hopeful Steyn would be ready for the warm-up match and even more optimistic he would play the first match.

They are less confident of du Plessis appearing in their first game. The captain did not play in the Bangladesh A game at all and is a "50-50 chance" for the Sri Lanka match.

"The medical team is cautious of rushing him too soon because of the explosive nature of T20 cricket and the back-to-back schedule of fixtures," CSA's release read. "He will continue to receive extensive treatment and rehab to give him the best chance of regaining full fitness for the opening match."

If du Plessis is ruled out, AB de Villiers will likely lead and bat at No.3, in his absence. De Villiers was in charge of the T20 squad from June 2011 to December 2012 when he stepped down because he felt overburdened by the treble role of captaining, keeping wicket and batting in the top order. He remains South Africa's ODI skipper but has been relieved of the gloves in the limited-overs formats.

South Africa's other injury worry was Morne Morkel, who hurt his right shoulder during the Tests against Australia. Morkel did not play in any of the T20s against Australia but appears to have recovered fully. He bowled his full quota of overs in the match against Bangladesh A and played in the warm-up match against Pakistan.

With Morkel fit and four other seamers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell, Albie Morkel and Beuran Hendricks in their ranks, South Africa are unlikely to call for a replacement to Steyn just yet. Should they need one, Kyle Abbott is the obvious candidate. He was in the squad for the T20s against Australia and was the second highest wicket-taker in the domestic 20-over competition with 16 scalps, behind Hendricks.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Mehedi00709 on (March 21, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Dale Steyn is the best bowler in the world. I like him very much

Posted by wapuser on (March 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

Steyn no good with white ball specially in slow pitch.

Posted by mondotv on (March 20, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Why would South Africa risk Dale Steyn for a T20 tournament? Must be desperate..

Really - take a leaf out of Australia's book and send him home to get better. Hypothetically if he plays this tournament, damages the hamstring permanently and never plays another test for South Africa or plays at diminished pace is that worth it?

Hell no - I want see Steyn at his best in Test match cricket.

Posted by anver777 on (March 20, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

It's a big loss for SA, at the same time its a big relief for SL for not facing Steyn in their first outing !!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 20, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Hmmm, massive blow for SA if these two are out. Du Plessis is worth half a dozen runs in the field plus has proven that he is capable of inventive and explosive innings with the bat. His captaincy is also creative and intelligent. Steyn......well, he is Steyn.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

It's a good thing if Du Plessis is out. He is not T20 material.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (March 20, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

We don't need DALE Steyn because he will be fit when IPL get start .Se nod this selfish guy to home .we have SpBe and B. Hendricks but we must need Du PLESIS ,he is the man can make difference ......good luck

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

Aussies gonna win

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

Pakistan will win the title and Pakistani Captain-Mohammed Hafeez will be man of the tournament

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 19, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

I feel for SA. They can't seem to get a full strength team for limited overs cricket.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 19, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

@ Greatest_Game : "From May 1996 to Feb 2000 SA, were ranked #1 by the ICC" -are you absolutely sure about that GG? What format are you talking about there? I seem to recall that we Aussies had a pretty decent team during that period and were winning a lot of cricket matches. Tests and ODI's that is.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 19, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@twistedseatbelt oh yeah, everything thats wrong with this world is either BCCI or IPL's fault. that sounds so not familiar. would you like to add anything else. is that why steyn did not bowl in the first innings of last test against australia as well. good to know that hamstring injuries are just an illusion after all, all because of ipl.. and you are a genius

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

Every team select to new & good form player those who did well in domestic cricket. please select those player Cameron Delport , JJ Smuts , Robbie Frylinck , Reeza Hendricks. Also mention the name Jack Kallis . In asia this condition we need all-rounder

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 19, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

@ dunger.bob. We are not giving up. I'm still hoping for that nectar sweet final you wrote of ;)) Oh, my, my, my - that would be lovely … especially if we spanked you to boot!

Steyn is a game changer, no matter the format. There is a sweet video floating around youtube of Steyn bowling a maiden over to Gayle in the IPL. Unfortunately Danny Morrison is commenting, which is it's own nightmare, but it is one of the more entertaining overs in cricket. Gayle's sheepish grin is a sight to behold. He's clueless & just hanging in. google steyn gayle maiden IPL - worth the laugh.

The unfortunate irony of his injury is he has finally matured into a really good short format bowler. In the last IPL he was 2nd only to Narine, by a fraction, as the most economical. Runs are pure gold in T20, & he is really good at choking them off, & building scoreboard pressure. And he has a powerful psychological edge too - no batsman really WANTS to face him. Just being there he ratchets up the pressure.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 19, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@ Asad Jamal is cheering Steyn on, urging "Styen Gun ,,, get well soon dear,,, still want to watch the Battle with Hafeez(Pak),,"

What battle?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 19, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

@ highveldhillbilly commented " (SA) suck as a T20 team and as an ODI team - the only reason we're a good test team is because we've been blessed with a couple of extraordinary players over the past 6 years - coaching as had very little to do with it."

A spot on observation, & the stats bears that out. In Smith's last 2 years leading the ODI team, it's win/loss ratio was 2:1, or greater. Under de Villiers it dropped like a rock to below 1 after the Sri Lanka demolishing. Today it is just over 1:1. Smith won when Micky Arthur was coach, & after Arthur got the boot.

AB's captaincy began under the "great" Kirsten, & they managed to lose games at a rate SA had never lost. Their 1st "smart" move was to "rest" Kallis. That, sidelining Smith, the rotating batting order, etc, simply dragged the short format teams into the mud.

From May 1996 to Feb 2000 SA, were ranked #1 by the ICC, & have held the #1 spot for a total of 59 months - behind only Aus and the WI. We were great, today, we suck!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Styen Gun ,,, get well soon dear,,, still want to watch the Battle with Hafeez(Pak),,

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 19, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

If Steyn skips the first match then Hendricks should take his place as he is in form. SL are still favorites for the first match given Malinga is in form and Sanga will play his part as usual. Faf is a good T20 player but De Kock and ABD should be able to carry the batting with JP the finisher. Amla is unpredictable right now but still a strong team.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

I hope we dont pick Tsotsobe for T20s. He is the worst bowler to have in this format. We should play both Phangsio and Tahir if the wicket is a slow turner. If it is flat wicket then we should pick Hendricks instead of Phangsio. SL does not have many big hitters in the team, so its okay if we dont have steyn. Sangakkara and Mahela will be the Major threat for us.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

better Faf doesn't play anyway. he's not worthy of his place.

Posted by twistedseatbelt on (March 19, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Steyn should be fit for all the matches except against India, unfortunately his IPL contract forbids him from being fit to play in that match. He will of course be (miraculously) fully fit for the next match, assuming SA (miraculously) win a knockout match in an ICC event.

Posted by rootvirus on (March 19, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

this pic with post is a styne's smile for Hafeez. he should be jumping with the happiness.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

first johnson and now steyn!!!! both out of tournment...this will really gonna boost the pace of boundry meter in wt20

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Sigh of relief for Muhammad hafeez

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

first jhonson and now steyn!! this could pick the pace of boundry meter.....!!

Posted by creebo777 on (March 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

You got to be kidding me,not again!!! Seriously our bowlers looks average without steyn,dont have much faith in morne morkel,tahir,parnell,lonwabo all can go for runs

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Hafeez would be relieved now.

Posted by JJJake on (March 19, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

The SA supporters are being a little harsh on themselves. Whether Steyn is in or out, SA will still have a pretty good team that is capable of going all the way. T20 is a confidence game as much as anything . If they can get over the mental scarring Australia put on them by winning some pool games, they should be able to regroup and build some momentum.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

@asgar.ali : are you crazy man? He had the injury back against australia...You need some help.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (March 19, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Cannot believe South Africa struggled against Bangladesh A lol hope Steyn is fit for main round otherwise group B will be boring.

Posted by lionslanka on (March 19, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

It's all about BD effect. Every bowler get excuses of physical injury when they tour BD or when they face BD batsmen. Steyn is no exception. It was our A team. What would have been happened if against our main team?

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 19, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

I've got a feeling that some of the pitches in Bangladesh are not that mature. The bloke from Afghanistan was getting a bit of seam and some good carry yesterday by some reports. .. If Steyn could get fit he might still be a factor. If he's a big player, so is South Africa. C'mon guys, a bit of belief won't go astray. .. and I'm not even South African, Im Aussie, but I want you to get in there and stir us all up. C'mon.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Indian batting seams to be brittle & out of sorts, I do not think they will make to final 4, there will be a new team in final 4

Posted by rise_of_the_ashes on (March 19, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

Finally... Some relief for Hafeez ahead of Warm-up game against South Africa. Now he can practice south african bowler with all confidence...

Posted by highveldhillbilly on (March 19, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

We have no clue how to play T20 cricket as a team - our coach sucks. Why is it that as individuals in other T20 sides (IPL, Ram Slam etc.) SA players can thrive but as soon as they enter the Proteas set up they are awful? The team's balance, attitude, line up etc. looks like it was drawn up by a couple of part time cricket watchers after a few drinks. It reactionary and based on hope and individuals. In short we suck as a T20 team and as an ODI team - the only reason we're a good test team is because we've been blessed with a couple of extraordinary players over the past 6 years - coaching as had very little to do with it.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

These international players are so girlish and delicate. They sit out of the game and tournaments due to minor injuries, tightness and soreness. Look at steyn, a tightness in hamstring and out of the game, look at mitchel johnson an infected toe and out of the game... I don't know if these extra-carefulness comes with glamour or money. We, club level players, never pay attention to mild injuries, continue playing the match even after twisted ankles. I am from Pakistan. is this trend also being observed in other cricket playing countries ?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

T20 is nothing for SA there are good for ODI/test

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 19, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

Doesn't really matter. This team wont make it past the knock out stages. Its noticeable how poor we are compared to other T20 teams, we are years behind and still cant even get the batting order right.

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