Dale Steyn World Cup 2019: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup owing to a second shoulder injury. He will not be a part of South Africa’s remaining World Cup fixtures as the 35-year old bowler is set to leave for his home country for the treatment.
Dale Steyn hasn’t played a single ODI since his arrival at the UK. The South African bowler didn’t play a single warm-up game before he was ruled out for South Africa’s first two games against England and Bangladesh.
“He was probably about 60 percent when the squad was picked, so we anticipated for this to happen, but a fit Dale Steyn makes our bowling attack a very, very strong one,” du Plessis had said on the eve of the England game.
He is set to be replaced to by left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks who has been approved as a replacement by ICC’s Event Technical Committee.
“He was seen by three of South Africa’s top orthopedic specialists, shoulder specialists, and we were reassured by the expert opinions that Dale was clear to play. His rehab and fitness regime continued at pace and the focus was to get him up to speed for the tournament. The plan was always to get him ready for the second or third game of the World Cup.”
“However, upon our arrival into the UK, once he started bowling, a different problem emerged, what we call a shoulder impingement syndrome, and he consulted with an orthopedic specialist in London a few days ago. He had an injection inserted into the problematic area which unfortunately did not resolve the symptoms. So a decision was made to replace him.”
Recently, South Africa’s another fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has also been ruled out for a week or 10 days due to a grade-one strain of a muscle involved in his left hamstring. His injuries have added concern for South Africa who isn’t looking a strong line up ahead of their third match against India on 5th June.
“We haven’t had one game where we’ve had our strongest 11 playing on the field yet. So that is challenging. But, unfortunately, you don’t get a pass for having injuries. You still have to make sure your squad is strong enough. You try and plan to have back-up plans for when you do have one or two injuries.” Said South Africa’s skipper Faf Du Plessis.
The 29-year old Beuran Hendricks has now found himself in the squad for the World Cup. He is set to join the team on 5th June in Southampton. Hendricks has played only 2 ODIs for South Africa, picking just one wicket. The left-arm seamer has also played 10 T20s in which he has picked 16 wickets at an average of 18.9.
South Africa Squad: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks.
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