Steyn may not bowl again in Test series against India

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

Ngidi, 21, is uncapped at test level but has played three Twenty20 internationals and is regarded as one of the finest up-and-coming fast bowling talents in South Africa. The changes came into place after Dale Steyn picked up a heel injury in the Cape Town Test that ruled him out of the series.

He will be sidelined for up to six weeks‚ and could get a crack at taking the three wickets he needs to overhaul Shaun Pollock as South Africa's champion test bowler when the series against Australia starts at Kingsmead on March 1. Steyn won't bowl but may bat if needed in this Test match.

Styen's type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee said, nearly certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia's tour in March.

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"Generally you need rest", Moosajee said, saying there was "significant" bruising and tissue damage on Steyn's foot. After that Steyn went for scans where the extent of his injury was revealed.

"I have heard a lot of good things about Ngidi so I'm looking forward to seeing what he brings", coach Ottis Gibson said in a media release from Cricket South Africa. "Just feeling very sympathetic for him".

"This unfortunate injury was freakish because of the way he landed in the footholds, and is in no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready", he further added. He had only played eight tests in three years before his return this week.

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