JOHANNESBURG - Once more South African cricket supporters will hold their collective breaths as Cricket South Africa await the prognosis on Dale Steyn’s latest injury concern.
Steyn, 35, left the field after four balls of his 11th over while playing for English County Hampshire on Monday. Cricket SA confirmed on Tuesday that Steyn injured his groin. It’s understood Steyn had been feeling some discomfort, but felt he could play through the pain until he eventually went off. He went for scans on Tuesday with CSA awaiting results which should be known to them on Wednesday.
Steyn had played both Tests in South Africa’s recent series against Sri Lanka before returning to the County circuit where he has represented Hampshire across all three formats since recovering from an ankle injury which he picked up in the first Test against India in January.
Prior to that first Test against the Indians in Cape Town, Steyn had been out of the game for more than a year after picking up a freak shoulder injury during a Test against Australia in November 2016. Steyn has played just 10 of South Africa’s last 37 Test matches.
After 88 Tests he is tied with Shaun Pollock on 421 for the most number of wickets taken by a South African bowler. South Africa’s next Test match is against Pakistan starting on Boxing Day at Steyn’s home ground Centurion.
Steyn, who last played an ODI two years ago against Australia, is still desperate to stake a claim for a spot in the squad for next year’s World Cup. Time is running out for him on that front as the selectors seek to have their squad set by the time the new season rolls around and a long term injury at this stage would place his chances of appearing in England next year in serious jeopardy.