Steyn ruled out of South Africa World Cup opener

Steyn ruled out of South Africa World Cup opener
South Africa's Dale Steyn takes part in a training session ahead of their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against England, at The Oval in London on May 28, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Dale Steyn has been led out of South Africa’s World Cup opener against England on Thursday, with Proteas head mentor Ottis Gibson affirming the paceman has neglected to disregard shoulder damage.

The 35-year-old endured the damage amid the Indian Premier League and won’t be gambled at the Oval yet South Africa would like to have him back so as to confront Bangladesh in their second match on Sunday.

Steyn’s individual quick bowler Kagiso Rabada was proclaimed fit after back damage, leaving Gibson with only one seamer spot to fill close by the 24-year-old and Lungi Ngidi.

“Dale isn’t exactly prepared yet,” said Gibson on Tuesday. “He isn’t far away yet he isn’t prepared yet. We think with a six-week competition there is no genuine need to drive the issue so he won’t be accessible.

“We realize he is close and is drawing nearer consistently. We will give him as much time as he needs to prepare. I am attempting to give a date however we are trusting in the event that not Sunday, at that point unquestionably by India (next Wednesday).”

Hosts England are top of the one-day worldwide rankings and are top picks to win their first World Cup however South Africa are one of a few sides in structure.

They won their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka by 87 keeps running before making a solid begin to their second against the West Indies, just for downpour to stop the match.


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