Heel injury restricts Dale Steyn from bowling in first Test, likely to miss series

Steyn would need an estimated recovery time of four to six weeks to be back in the game. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 07, 2018, 01.34 PM (IST)

In a major setback for South Africa, Dale Steyn will not bowl for his team in the remaining first Test match and is likely to miss the remaining series against India also, due to the heel injury he suffered. 

However, he can bat for his team if required.

The right-arm pacer had injured his left heel on the second day of the first test match at Newlands, Cape Town.

Minutes before lunch, Steyn landed awkwardly in the footholds, and then stopped, fiddled with his shoe and tossed the ball to Vernon Philander, who later completed the over.

The 34-year-old part-walked, part-jogged off the field and was immediately taken for scans, which revealed the extent of the damage.

Later, team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed that Steyn would not bowl again in the match.

"As we all know that during Dale's 18th  over, during his delivery stride, he unfortunately landed awkwardly in the footholes. This caused a significant strain to the foot, leading to tissue damage on the underside of the foot in the heel area," Moosajee said. 

He further informed that Steyn would need an estimated recovery time of four to six weeks to be back in the game. 

"He is unlikely to bowl in this Test match, because the recovery period for this could be anything from four to six weeks which means he could be out for the series. But what we will do is get one of the leading ankle surgeons to have a look at him tomorrow to give us an opinion."

Steyn has taken two wickets so far in the first Test.  The Proteas have been dominating the proceedings so far with 142 runs lead. 

The third day of the test match did not start due to heavy showers and is unlikely to resume today.