Bruised heel forces Steyn out of Test and series

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Fast bowlers, Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi, have been added to the South Africa squad ahead of the second Test against India starting in Centurion on Saturday.

Ngidi, 21, is uncapped at test level but has played three Twenty20 internationals and is regarded as one of the finest up-and-coming fast bowling talents in South Africa.

Steyn landed awkwardly during his run-up in India's first innings in the post-lunch session. However, with India's bowlers challenging South Africa, they may opt to include a seventh specialist batsman in the XI and all of Olivier, Ngidi, Morris or Phehlukwayo could be benched.

The report also states that Steyn could be even out for 4-6 weeks, and possibly out of series. Steyn won't bowl but may bat if needed in this Test match. After that Steyn went for scans where the extent of his injury was revealed. When Steyn was bowling his 18th over, he sustained serious tissue damage to his left heel. He couldn't complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.

A team spokesman said the injury was being assessed and treated. Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 13 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury. He had only played eight tests in three years before his return this week.

Ngidi‚ just 21‚ has played only nine first-class matches but has already claimed three five-wicket hauls among his 31 scalps.

Moosajee said the latest setback had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.

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