Dale Steyn
Steyn ruled out of the World Cup opening game

Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn has been ruled out of Thursday’s World Cup opener between South Africa and England at the Oval.

The head coach of South Africa, Ottis Gibson in London on Tuesday told that the 35-year-old pacer still have some fitness issues as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury that saw him return home from the IPL earlier this month.

“Dale Steyn won’t be available for the first game. He’s not quite ready yet,” said Gibson.

However, if Steyn doesn’t play, South Africa will choose between Chris Morris and Dwayne Pretorius to complete a pace attack spearheaded by Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo. It also will depend on the conditions at the Kennington Oval in London on May 30.