South Africa is not going to have Dale Steyn of their taking part in XI after they tackle England within the 2019 World Cup match opener at The Oval on Thursday.
The 35-year-old Steyn remains to be recovering from a shoulder damage he picked up within the not too long ago concluded IPL season. There’s a probability that he’ll get well in time for South Africa’s second World Cup match, in opposition to Bangladesh. The group administration is, nonetheless, hopeful that he will likely be slot in time for the India match on June 5.
“He is getting closer (to full fitness) every day; we hope that if not by Sunday (against Bangladesh), then by the India game (on 5 June),” coach Ottis Gibson mentioned at a press convention, in line with ESPNCricinfo, after the South Africa group coaching session on Tuesday when requested when Steyn could be anticipated to function within the South Africa lineup.
Steyn performed solely two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore within the IPL this 12 months due to irritation on his proper shoulder, the identical shoulder he had beforehand injured in 2016.
He has not bowled in any of the warm-up matches but.
With Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo being the three quick bowlers who could be anticipated to function within the taking part in XI within the match opener, Steyn’s unavailability opens the doorways for both Chris Morris or Dwayne Pretorius to get an opportunity to impress.