South Africa’s Steyn fit for India clash
MELBOURNE: South Africa’s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn is fit to lead their attack in a key World Cup match against India on Sunday after recovering from a bout of sinusitis.
“He is fine, there is nothing to be concerned about,” coach Russell Domingo said Friday, adding the bowler had gone down with a cold and ‘flu during a practice match in Christchurch ahead of the tournament.
South Africa will welcome Steyn’s return to full fitness for the Pool B match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he appeared out of sorts over the past two weeks.
The 31-year-old bowled just seven overs in his team’s first warm-up match against Sri Lanka and was rested for the second practice game against co-hosts New Zealand.
Steyn was clearly troubled by a sore throat and blocked nose during South Africa’s World Cup opener against Zimbabwe in Hamilton last Sunday, where he returned with unflattering figures of one for 64 from nine overs against the Proteas’ lowly-ranked opponents.
The form of Steyn, one of the game’s most devastating fast bowlers with 152 wickets from 97 one-day internationals, is seen as central to South Africa’s chances of winning a maiden World Cup title.
He is the spearhead of a formidable attack that includes Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, with Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell also in the mix for the India game. (AFP)