Johannesburg, Jan.11 (ANI): South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the Third Test against England at the Wanderers after failing to sufficiently recover from the shoulder injury sustained during the opening Test in Durban.
Steyn was not with the South African squad in Johannesburg on Monday and had remained to undergo scan.
Russell Domingo, South Africa’s coach said they are doing more scans to try and find something there.
“They are trying to find what the problem is and once they’ve given us that diagnosis we will be able to give you more information,” Domingo was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The 32-year-old pacer, who has 406 wickets in 82 Tests, has missed five Tests out of his last seven.
However, Domingo did not believe it pointed to a bleaker long-term future.
“I don’t think it’s the end of Dale Steyn’s career at all,” he said.
“All players are going to experience some sort of niggles at some stage. He has just had a few of them of late. He is a great athlete, he is as fit as they come and these things happen. He is just going through that phase of his career at the moment and I’m sure he will get through it,” he added.
South Africa are currently trailing 0-1 in the four-match series following their humiliating 241-run defeat in the opening Test against England in Durban. The two sides will now play the third Test in Johannesburg, starting from January 14. (ANI)