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Dale Steyn Continues Rehab in Cape Town, Eyes Test Return

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 24, 2017, 6:16 PM IST
Dale Steyn Continues Rehab in Cape Town, Eyes Test Return

South African pacer Dale Steyn who was out injured for close to a year has set his eyes on making a return to the national team set-up and says that he has minimal expectations.

Having played his first game on return for the Titans Ram Slam T20 tie against Knights last week, Steyn said that he hopes to get over with the game with “minimal damage”.

For the most of the game, Steyn looked steady on the field and bowled 3 overs for Titans in which he claimed one wicket and gave away 25 runs. The performance which can be considered satisfactory helped him force his way back into the team for the next two fixtures against Warriors and Cape Cobras, in which he recorded the figures of 1/20 and 2/16, respectively.

But, after having completed his first week of return to competitive cricket, the 34-year old will no longer be part of the Ram Slam T20 tournament. According to a reports in Cricbuzz, Steyn has returned to Cape Town and is concentrating on his rehabilitation programme.

“We’re comfortable with the progress he’s making but we don’t want to push him too much. We’re satisfied that he’s getting there,” Shuaib Manjra, head of Cricket South Africa’s medical team said.

Steyn, who’s aim is to make it back to the South Africa squad for the upcoming Test season, last played for the national side in a Test against Australia in November 2016. Since then a shoulder injury has forced him to be on the sidelines for almost a year.

Manjra added that it is risky to try and speed up recovery of fast bowlers. “One of the risks we’ve found is when there is a sudden ramp-up. If a guy hasn’t been bowling much and then you suddenly ramp him up, the risk of injury goes up significantly “We’re concerned about not ramping (Steyn) up too much, so we’re allowing him to bowl, then go and rest, and then go back and bowl,” he said. But the doctor added that it is also necessary for the player to regain bowling experience before the start of the international season.

The report added that the South African cricketer will continue his rehabilitation with a biokineticist in Cape Town and will try to regain full fitness by bowling longer spells in the net.

Steyn has a tremendous record in Test cricket. In 85 matches, he has taken 417 wickets at an average of 22.30. If included in the squad against India in the upcoming home series, it would give the Proteas a massive boost.

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First Published: November 24, 2017, 6:07 PM IST

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