The upheaval regarding players’ fitness continues for South Africa.
Dale Steyn, who’s had a blink-and-miss appearance for the team, has been sidelined from the Proteas’ squad for the upcoming ODI series against England as he’s still to recuperate fully from the injury to his shoulder that had kept him out of the test series. The focus with regard to Steyn is however on his potential availability for the forthcoming T20 events.
As such, further fitness tests will be carried out on Steyn before the start of the T20 series against England in order to check his availability and also to ascertain whether he would be able to play the T20 series against Australia, and the World T20 thereafter.
Along with Steyn, Kyle Abbott will also be unavailable for selection for the first ODI as he’s dealing with a slight injury to his hamstring. Vernon Philander, who would have otherwise been in consideration to replace the injured players in the squad, has also been ruled out because of his continuing recovery from his ankle injury. It is however believed that Philander should be completely fit over the course of the next couple of weeks.
In addition to these injured players, South Africa is also planning to rest Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel for some of the ODI matches against England.
Far as the replacement to the bowling order’s concerned, it’s expected that South Africa will recall Wayne Parnell and Hardus Viljoen into the team to replenish the squad strength. Parnell and Viljoen are currently playing for the South African A side, which is due to play a warm-up match against England on Saturday, 30th January.