New Delhi: South African teams woes continue to grow as there is another addition the ever growing list of injured players, the latest being Vernon Philander. The right-arm pacer will sit out on the bench for the first test against Bangladesh owing to a lower back injury.
Another prominent player to miss out from the series is Chris Morris.
South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee said, “We’ve had a number of challenges on the fast bowling front. The first to chat about is Vernon Philander. During the Test series in England, he dived for a ball and injured his lower back. His progress has been coming along well but he is only bowling at 80% capacity currently. The plan for him is to prepare for the four-day match against the Cobras beginning on 28 September. Should he come through that, he should be available for the second Test against Bangladesh. At the moment, he is only building up to full intensity so we are not going to risk him to play during the first Test.”
On the much-anticipated return of Dale Steyn Moosajee said, “For the past six weeks, the plan was very much to have him ready to start the four-day Sunfoil match for the Titans starting today but unfortunately last week he developed a strain to the muscle in his troublesome right shoulder,” Moosajee said. “We are not going to set an artificial timeline for Dale Steyn. The plan right now is to get him ready for competitive cricket when he is ready and we are hoping that it will be a slow and graduated return to full intensity bowling. In reality, the target will only be the Global T20 in November.”