<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> speedster <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dale-steyn/news/">Dale Steyn</a> has been ruled out of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">ICC World Cup 2019</a> opener against hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> to be played on May 30 in London. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn had complained of a shoulder flare-up during the Indian Premier League where he was a late addition to an injury-hit Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. He played just two matches during IPL 2019 before being ruled out. <p></p> <p></p>"He is not fully ready yet and we feel that in a six-week tournament there is no need to press the issue right now," South Africa coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ottis-gibson/">Ottis Gibson</a> said on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn is set to miss South Africa's opening two matches against England (Thursday) and Bangladesh (Sunday) and will be fit by the third match against India on June 5. During a training session at The Oval on Tuesday, Steyn played a limited role, bowling with a shortened run-up before opting for an extended batting session. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa have been struggling with fitness issues to their pace bowlers in the lead-up to the World Cup. Alongside Steyn, the pair of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kagiso-rabada/news/">Kagiso Rabada</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/lungi-ngidi/news/">Lungi Ngidi</a> were dealing with injury issues of their own. <p></p> <p></p>Ngidi was to represent Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 but was ruled out of the entire season due to fitness concerns. On the other hand, Rabada played a vital role in Delhi Capitals' run to the IPL playoffs before being called back by Cricket South Africa due to a back injury. <p></p> <p></p>The duo, however, seems to have fully recovered, having turned out for South Africa's warm-up tie against Sri Lanka. Ngidi bowled six overs in which he returned figures of 2/12. Rabada delivered seven overs for 40 runs and one wicket. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa will either slot in Chris Morris or Dwanie Pretorius as a replacement for the veteran pacer come Thursday.