South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the upcoming Test series in England as he continues his rehabilitation after a shoulder surgery.
“My recovery is going well but it is taking a little longer than I expected it to. I am able to do a lot of things, like running, hiking and gym work, but bowling is not one of them, and I won’t be ready in time,” Steyn said at the CSA Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday (May 13).
“Obviously, one of the reasons for me playing with the A side was so that I could get some match fitness before the Tests. So, before that Bangladesh series, I will need to play a bit. In a way it could be quite funny – South Africa will be playing a Test series in England and maybe at some ground down the road, Dale Steyn will be playing for another team,” Steyn said.
South Africa play three ODIs (from May 27) in England as a pre-cursor to the Champions Trophy, and resume the tour after the end of the showpiece event. From June 21, the two sides will take on each other in three T20Is before the Test series from July 6.