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ICC World T20 2014: South Africa have fitness concerns over Dale Steyn

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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.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

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Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

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