Steyn may not bowl again in Test series against India

India vs South Africa Dale Steyn ruled out of Test series due to heel injury

The fast bowling pair of Duanne Olivier and uncapped Lungi Ngidi has been added to the 14-member South Africa squad for the second Test against India, beginning January 13 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Steyn suffered a heel injury on Saturday at Newlands where South Africa are hosting India in the first Test.

Ironically, Steyn, with his two wickets in the Indian first innings, has 419 Test scalps and needs only three wickets more to go past Shaun Pollock as the highest wicket-taker in Tests for South Africa. A decision on whether he would bat hadn't yet been made.

"Generally you need rest", Moosajee said, saying there was "significant" bruising and tissue damage on Steyn's foot.

The report also states that Steyn could be even out for 4-6 weeks, and possibly out of series.


Steyn left the field just before the tea break and immediately after the delivery that caused the injury.

The fast bowler has been sidelined since breaking a shoulder and tearing three major muscles while bowling against Australia at the WACA in Perth in November 2016. According to espncricinfo, he may not bowl again in this Test.

South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said Steyn was keen to return to cricket and would see a specialist on Sunday.

Moosajee said the latest setback had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.

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