Steyn to miss second Test

Cape Town, January 1

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the second Test against England, which starts at Newlands on Saturday, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, captain Hashim Amla said.

He will be replaced by Kagison Rabada while Quinton de Kock is likely to return as wicketkeeper, having been dropped for the last five Tests, Amla added but said a final decision had still to be to be taken.

England won the opening Test by 241 runs at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday. De Kock’s return would take pressure off AB de Villiers, who returned behind the stumps for the Durban Test but looked pressured with the burden of extra work.

Kyle Abbott, who reported stiffness in his hamstring on Wednesday, must face a fitness test to determine whether he stays in the side or is replaced by Chris Morris or Hardus Viljoen, neither of whom have played test cricket.

Steyn hurt his shoulder in the first Test and could bowl only 22 balls in the second innings. Rabada only made his debut in November in India and in three Tests took two wickets for 111 runs.

South Africa are still reeling after the first Test setback and have drafted in former captain Graeme Smith to assist the side with ideas and their psychological approach.

“He was a wonderful captain for us and he knows more than most guys how to play Test cricket and how to deal with tough times,” explained Amla at a media conference on Friday.

Meanwhile, England’s leading all-time wicket-taker James Anderson is set to return to their attack for the second Test against the Proteas after recovering from a calf injury.

Anderson has gone through a lengthy session in the nets with no adverse results and coach Trevor Bayliss said “the signs look good.”

“He’s been working hard but we have to wait and see how he pulls up,” Bayliss told reporters. “My thought is you’d probably go with him, so fingers crossed he comes to us and says his body’s feeling good. He’ll know his body and what he’s capable of.”