South Africa's anxious wait for an update on Dale Steyn's injured right shoulder continues, but the fast bowler has seen a specialist in Cape Town since his early return from the IPL. In two weeks, the Proteas will meet for a pre-World Cup camp, and the selectors have until May 23 to name a potential replacement - if Steyn is not fully fit by then.
"As it stands, we are aware that Dale Steyn has seen the shoulder specialist since he got back from India," National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi told ESPNcricinfo. "But at the moment we're just waiting for our medical team to keep us updated in terms of his progress. He's still due to meet up with the team for camp on the 12th, and as the selection panel, we'll be guided by the medical team, and then we'll take it from there."
Zondi said the coach Ottis Gibson will be part of the decision making as well. "Ottis is also a specialist from the bowling point of view, so he will definitely take Dale for a run in the nets to see how he's doing with his shoulder and how far he might have to go. We still have enough time before the 23rd of May to decide whether we need to change the team or not. But for now that's where we are."
Steyn, 35, played two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore before his right shoulder - which has previously been seriously injured - flared up. He had already been named in South Africa's World Cup squad, and had been expected to lead the attack alongside Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, with Anrich Nortje as back-up.
"Ottis will definitely take Dale for a run in the nets to see how he's doing with his shoulder and how far he might have to go" SA selection convener Linda Zondi
Nortje is himself recovering from injury and told ESPNcricinfo that he bowled six overs in a match against the touring Afghanistan Academy team last week and that he is "still busy with rehab and building and getting closer to bowling fitness. Really happy with how things have gone but still have a bit of work to do".
Ngidi, who has been recovering from a Grade II muscle strain in his side, also got some overs in his legs against the touring Afghanistan side. JP Duminy's rehabilitation from shoulder surgery continues, and he has returned to competitive action with the Cape Cobras at the tail end of the CSA T20 Challenge. Definitive news on Steyn, however, is yet to emerge, and in the meantime CSA have potential replacements on stand-by - though they don't want to say exactly who just yet.