Proteas sweat on Dale Steyn fitness ahead of second test

2013-10-21 15:10

Dubai – South Africa will hope ace paceman Dale Steyn will recover in time for the second test against Pakistan starting on Wednesday to help them level the series.

Steyn (30) had to cut short his training session yesterday and did not train today as he was seen working with South African physiotherapist Brandon Jackson.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Steyn will be monitored.

“We should have a better idea of the situation tomorrow,” Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager told “We need a 24-hour period before we can determine exactly what’s wrong.”

South Africa’s test vice-captain AB de Villiers also confirmed Steyn’s fitness problems.

“He (Steyn) did tweak something in the fielding practice yesterday, but we think it’s not too serious, so we are just taking a good precaution and making sure he will be ready for the second test match,” said De Villiers today.

Steyn, ranked the number one bowler in tests, took 3-88 in Pakistan’s first innings of the Abu Dhabi test and then grabbed one more in the second when Pakistan needed just 40 for the win.

The Proteas will also likely miss first test centurion Hashim Amla, who returned home last week to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

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