South Africa's Dale Steyn delays return from lengthy injury layoff, withdraws from domestic first-class match

Steyn, who has taken 417 Test wickets for South Africa, has been sidelined since fracturing his shoulder while bowling against Australia in a Test in Perth in November.

Reuters, Sep,14 2017

Cape Town: South African strike bowler Dale Steyn has delayed his return from a lengthy injury layoff after withdrawing from a domestic first-class series match because he felt he was not ready.

Steyn, who has taken 417 Test wickets for South Africa, has been sidelined since fracturing his shoulder while bowling against Australia in a Test in Perth in November.

It is the second time his comeback has been put on hold. He was supposed to tour England with South Africa A in June but said then his rehabilitation had not gone as quickly as hoped.

Cricket - Australia v South Africa - First Test cricket match - WACA Ground, Perth, Australia - 5/11/16 Injured South African bowler Dale Steyn sits on the boundary before the start of play at the WACA Ground in Perth. REUTERS/David Gray - S1AEUKZUKIAA

File image of Dale Steyn. Reuters

“Right now I’m bowling fine but I haven’t hit the full workload I’d need to handle in four-day cricket or a Test‚ so I decided it was best not to play,” the 34-year-old told Cricinfo on Thursday.

Steyn was planning to make his comeback for the Titans against the Dolphins on Tuesday.

His decision puts in jeopardy his chances of a comeback in the two-Test series against Bangladesh‚ which starts in Potchefstroom on 28 September.

He said he would rather play limited overs or club cricket to ease himself back into action.

“I don’t want to put myself or the team in a position where I pull up again,” he said.

“Some shorter cricket might be the better answer for a reintroduction... I thought going from nothing to possibly bowling 30-plus overs was a bit of a risk.”

Steyn, who is just five shy of surpassing Shaun Pollock as the country’s leading Test wicket taker, also missed most of the 2015-16 Test series against England because of shoulder problems.

He suffered the original injury in the Durban Test against England at the end of 2015.

Published Date: Sep 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 14, 2017




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