Amla ruled out for second Test, Steyn still 50-50

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Steyn will undergo a fitness test later today or tomorrow morning

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has been ruled out for the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai, while pace spearhead Dale Steyn is still 50-50.

Amla, who scored a magnificent century during the first Test in Abu Dhabi, is still awaiting the birth of his second child in South Africa.

Steyn meanwhile complained of tightness in his hamstring during a training session on Sunday and will undergo a fitness test later today or tomorrow morning.

Speaking about Amla and Steyn, South Africa team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, who is also a medical doctor, said: “Hashim’s wife hasn’t given birth yet, so he won’t be playing in tomorrow’s Test match.

“Dale sustained what was initially thought to be a right hamstring strain but fortunately the MRI scan revealed that there was no major pathology so we are treating it as tightness. He will undergo a fitness test either this afternoon or at the latest in the morning.

“The challenge with a tight hamstring is the fear of aggravating it. It could easily become a strain or progress into a tear, so we will be managing it carefully especially with a long tour ahead of us.”

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