Dale Steyn All Set For the Touring Indian Team: Dr. Shuaib Manjra
It looks like the tough times for the South African cricket team are coming to an end, as their injury vows seem to be ending soon. Dale Steyn who has been out of action for over a year now is fit to make a comeback to the South African set up along with Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi. Steyn made a return to competitive cricket against the Knights on 15th November after a year as he recovered from a stress fracture in his right shoulder.
Steyn is looking forward to proving his fitness before the start of an international season as the rainbow nation will host Zimbabwe, India and Australia. South Africa’s next Test match is against Zimbabwe on Boxing Day which also is the first Day-Night Test in South Africa.
Dr Shuaib Manjra Head of Cricket South Africa’s medical committee has confirmed that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will be fit before the series against India begins:
“Steyn has started playing. He played three games for the Titans in our domestic T20 competition. We are resting him for a while so that he can come back and play international cricket. His injury is virtually over and he is ready to play. At the moment, we want to ensure that he is not over-bowling and coming back too much, too soon. Steyn will probably come back and bowl in the knockout stages of the T20 competition, Morne still has the injury but he should be back to playing in the first week of December,”
The South African team was without the services of their primary fast bowlers for some time now but all them returning to action should be a reason to worry about for the touring Indian side according to Dr Manjra:
“All of our bowlers should be ready before India gets here. Don’t be too happy about it, Vernon is bowling, Wayne Parnell is coming back to bowl and Morris is close to coming back to bowl as well. Morkel and Steyn will surely be available for selection for the India series.”
Dr Manjra has also hinted that the returning fast bowlers might be given a trial in the Boxing-day Test against Zimbabwe:
“We will try out Dale, Morne and Vernon in the Boxing Day Test if possible. It’s the last Test before India heads here.”
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