England:South Africa’s fortunes at the 2019 ICC World Cup have gone from bad to worse as veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament after he failed to recover from a shoulder injury.
South Africa have called up Beuran Hendricks as a replacement and the ICC’s Event Technical Committee have approved the switch.
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“Dale Steyn is getting closer every day, he was on the field today bowling again, he is 85 percent, so we have to decide if 85 percent is good enough to play against India,” coach Ottis Gibson said earlier on Tuesday.
The injury comes as a massive setback to the Proteas as they are looking to bounce back after two straight defeats at the hands of England and Bangladesh, their worst ever start to a world cup.
Although Steyn’s shoulder has been a pain point since 2016, fans were hoping to see him run in full steam once again at the premier cricket tournament, likely to be his last. The news of his injury led to a lot of emotional reactions by fans.
After watching his side slump to a second #CWC19 defeat, Dale Steyn bowled a couple of overs in the middle as he races to be fit for South Africa's must-win clash against India on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/N8I2FvgWio
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