South Africa fast-bowler is all set to miss the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League as the pacer is targeting a return to action in June 2017 after undergoing a shoulder injury this month.
The pacer was being ruled out for at least six months after breaking a bone in his right shoulder during the first Test of the recently-concluded series in Australia. The 33-year-old, who suffered a fracture in the similar shoulder a year ago, is not willing to take chances this time around and said he’ll resume light practice by end of February.
“The first two to three months is just the healing phase, so by the end of February I will start to be able to do things like light bowling, start swimming and all that kind of stuff,” Steyn said.
Well, the bowler is not seeing the injury as a big setback and said the long break from the game will allow him to go into the season with a fresh mind. He said returning in June is realistic which means he might be available for the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1.
“June is realistic for South Africa. I haven’t had a long break like this in a good few years and every season I go into it with something wrong, whether it be a little hammie or whatever. It will be nice to go into a season, starting in June, and confidently know that I am really strong and in a good place,” he said.
The pace spearhead of the Proteas for around a decade, Steyn was also impressed with the way the bowlers contributed in the 2-1 series victory in Australia.
He said:“We definitely out-bowled Australia and that’s why we ended up winning. Our batters all contributed in parts but at the end of the day, I think it was our bowlers that won it.”
Meanwhile, South Africa will next play against Sri Lanka in all formats before visiting New Zealand and England for a full-fledged series.