ICC World T20 2014: South Africa have fitness concerns over Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn has been suffering from a hamstring injury since the three-match Test series against Australia © Getty Images
Mar 19, 2014
In what may turn out to be a potential blow for South Africa’s chances in the ICC World T20 2014, fiery pacer Dale Steyn still has fitness issues bogging him as was evident during his side’s five wicket win in the warm-up tie against Bangladesh A on Tuesday.
Steyn was unable to complete his third over and was forced to leave the field mid-way due to a hamstring niggle, reported cricket365.
“Dale was unable to complete his third over after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. He immediately left the field to receive treatment from physiotherapist Brandon Jackson. Jackson will make a further assessment on the injury on Wednesday,” said a statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Apart from Steyn the other notable absentee was skipper Faf du Plessis who also gave the game a miss thanks to an identical problem and such injuries do not bode well for South Africa ahead of the marquee tournament.
Steyn had suffered from the injury during the third Test against Australia at Cape Town which South Africa lost by a huge 245 runs.
Steyn who bowled 13.1 overs in that ill-fated Test match later missed the three-match T20 series against Australia owing due to the injury.
The positive news for South Africa is that their other pacer Morne Morkel, who had a shoulder injury could bowl his complete quota of four overs against Bangladesh A.
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