Bruised heel forces Steyn out of Test and series

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Steyn landed awkwardly during his run-up in India's first innings in the post-lunch session.

"He's unlikely to bowl [again] in this test match because the recover period could be anything from four to six weeks‚ which means he could be out for the series". A decision on whether he would bat hadn't yet been made.

Saturday's injury marked the third time in Steyn's last five tests that he has broken down. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa's leading wicket-taker of all time in test cricket. When Steyn was bowling his 18th over, he sustained serious tissue damage to his left heel.

Steyn left the field just before the tea break and immediately after the delivery that caused the injury. "He is unable to do much at the moment so he will be reassessed in 4 - 6 weeks". He couldn't complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.

Steyn has since bowled only 12 overs in whites‚ but that was deemed enough for him to crack the nod on the team sheet captain Faf du Plessis took to the middle for the toss.

Holding, who revealed that he also struggled with a heel injury during his playing days, added that he expected Steyn to be available for selection when the Proteas host Australia in the first Test in Durban on March 1. Now he will not play in this match.

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