Injuries take their toll on Proteas

2010-10-13 15:27

Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are unlikely to play in Friday’s first One Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe, although all three of them are with the squad in Bloemfontein.

Kallis has been carrying a neck injury, while Steyn suffered a concussion and a back injury in last month’s Champion League Trophy.

They have been working with the physiotherapist and hope to make a return for at least one match against Zimbabwe.

Morkel took part in the first Pro20 game against Zimbabwe on Friday and bowled two overs before spraining a ligament in his right ankle in the outfield.

He went through a light bowling session in the nets in Bloemfontein yesterday and today, but is unlikely to risk playing the first of the three ODIs.

The good news for South Africa is that AB de Villiers is back in the side and fully fit after undergoing an ankle operation during the off-season.

“I’m feeling good. It’s great to be back in the side, especially as it’s a World Cup season. A World Cup is something we would love to win and we rate our chances as pretty high,” said De Villiers, who was recently named International Cricket Council ODI Cricketer of the Year.

Albie Morkel, also injured during the Champions League, has made a full recovery and is available for Friday’s game.

Meanwhile, specialist consultants, including Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes and Ray Jennings, have been working with the Proteas this week to prepare them for their busy season.

Immediately after the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, the Proteas head to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in all three formats of the game.

They return to face an intensive home series against India, starting in mid-December, before leaving for the World Cup, hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in February 2011. 

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.