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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against England as he has not sufficiently recovered from a shoulder injury.
Steyn suffered the injury during the first Test against England in Durban and subsequently missed the remainder of the Test series, which England won 2-1.
“All initial scans were clear but when symptoms did not improve, we discovered a reaction in the bone itself,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. ‘This is very rare in fast bowlers as it is usually caused by trauma. We are treating it conservatively because he is a fast bowler and we know we have the World T20 coming up.”
Steyn is being treated in a hyperbaric chamber and is being assessed every two weeks. With that being said, Moosajee is “confident he will make a full recovery” and added that in “six, eight or 10 weeks when he is fit, [he] will be bowling as well as he ever has”.
Fellow seamer Vernon Philander will also miss the ODI series as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Philander tore ligaments in his ankle prior to the second Test against India in Bangalore in November and has not played since. Speaking about Philander’s condition, Moosajee believes that he is still “two to three weeks away from competitive cricket”.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Kyle Abbott will miss the first ODI due to a hamstring niggle, while Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel are likely to be rested for a few matches following their heavy workload during the Test series.
“They definitely won’t play all five games,” South Africa head coach Russell Domingo said. “We will look to bring one or two new fast bowlers in.”
The first ODI between South Africa and England will get underway on February 3 in Bloemfontein.